Joe Arpaio narrowly loses the Republican primary for his old job as Maricopa County sheriff

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FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file photo, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a campaign event in Phoenix. The former metro Phoenix sheriff pardoned by President Donald Trump on a conviction related to sweeps aimed at finding immigrants in the country illegally has announced that he will try to get back the job he lost in 2016.
Arpaio announced his 2020 campaign for Maricopa County sheriff Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Controversial former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, who President Trump pardoned in 2017, narrowly lost his bid for his old job, Decision Desk HQ projected on Friday evening. 
Arpaio was defeated in the Republican primary by Jerry Sheridan, his longtime former deputy, who worked in the office for 38 years. 
Sheridan will face incumbent Democratic Sheriff Paul Penzone, who defeated Arpaio in 2017. 

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The stakes: 

In Maricopa County, controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio lost his comeback for his old job for sheriff of Maricopa County in a crowded Republican primary against retired Air Force sergeant to Jerry Sheridan, a long-time former Chief Deputy in the county’s sheriff’s office. 

Arpaio narrowly lost the primary to Sheridan by a margin of under two percentage points when Decision Desk HQ projected he had lost on Friday evening. In-person voting in the primary ended on Tuesday, August 4, but a substantial portion of Arizonians voted with mail ballots, which take longer for officials to process. 

Arpaio, who branded himself as “American’s toughest Sheriff,” had a 24-year tenure marked by scandals over the abusive conditions in Maricopa County jails, accusations of missuse of public resources, and controversy over his aggressive efforts to police individuals suspected of being in the US illegally, all of which prompted numerous investigations and lawsuits. 

A federal judge found Arpaio guilty of three counts of contempt for defying a court order mandating him to stop enforcing a policy that allowed officers to essentially racially profile and demand citizenship documents from people they suspected of being undocumented immigrants. President Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio in August of 2017 before he was set to be sentenced. 

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Sheridan, who previously served in the Maricopa County sheriff’s office for 38 years, will face incumbent Democratic Sheriff Paul Penzone, who defeated Arpaio in 2017. 

At the congressional level, Democrat Mark Kelly is expected to formally clinch the Democratic nomination for US Senate, and will face GOP Sen. Martha McSally in one of the most highly contested US Senate races this year.

There’s also a Democratic primary in Arizona’s sixth congressional district to face GOP Rep. Dave Schweikert, who is currently embroiled in an ethics scandal over his improper campaign finance activity. 

A report from the House Ethics Committee released on July 30 concluded that Schweikert committed 11 violations of House Ethics rules and fined him $50,000, with the full House formally voting to censure him a day later.

The report found that Schweikert’s chief of staff improperly donated thousands to his re-election campaign and Schweikert used official House time and resources on his re-election, improperly used campaign funds for personal reasons, pressured staff to work on his re-election campaign, and even fabricated taking a $100,000 loan and spending $100,000 to inflate his financial posturing. 

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