PHOENIX — Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff whose controversial immigration tactics drew international attention, was narrowly defeated in a primary in his bid for re-election in Maricopa County.
Arpaio, 88, lost Tuesday’s Republican primary to his former chief deputy, Jerry Sheridan, The New York Times reported. Sheridan won 37% of the vote in a three-way race, while Arpaio took 36%. Sheridan’s lead is 6,280 votes, but with only 2,385 ballots remaining to be counted out of 420,000 cast, it appears Arpaio’s effort to regain the job he held for 24 years has failed, the Times reported.
Sheridan will face the incumbent Sheriff Paul Penzone, a Democrat who defeated Arpaio in the 2016 general election, the television station reported.
It was Arpaio’s third electoral defeat in four years. After losing to Penzone in 2016, Arpaio was beaten in a three-way race for a U.S. Senate seat in 2018, losing to Martha McSally and Kelli Ward, KSAZ reported.
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