TIME 2016 Election

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Loses Bid For a Seventh Term

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Robyn Beck—AFP/Getty Images Sheriff Joe Arpaio attends a rally by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Oct. 4, 2016, in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

He lost to Democrat Paul Penzone

Arizona voters have booted Sheriff Joe Arpaio from office in his bid for a seventh term after his legal problems in a racial profiling case culminated in a criminal charge two weeks before Election Day.

The 84-year-old Republican became a national figure by cracking down on illegal immigration and forcing jail inmates to wear pink underwear. He lost to Democrat Paul Penzone on Tuesday.

The race became a referendum on Arpaio’s legal woes. Federal prosecutors brought a contempt-of-court charge stemming from his defiance of a judge’s order to stop carrying out patrols targeting Latinos.

Arpaio has faced criminal investigations in the past without being charged or losing his seat. That changed Tuesday despite a devoted base of supporters and strong fundraising, mainly from out-of-state donors.

He still faces the possibility of jail time.

 

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