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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Loses Bid for 7th Term in Arizona's Maricopa County

Arpaio faced a criminal charge brought just two weeks before Election Day

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    Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Las Vegas, Nevada, in this February 22, 2016, file photo. Arpaio lost his bid for a seventh term in Arizona on Election Day.

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

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

    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.

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