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Arizona's 'Sheriff Joe' running for Senate

Arizona's 'Sheriff Joe' running for Senate

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Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who was spared a possible jail sentence when US President Donald Trump pardoned him for disobeying a judge, has announced he will run for the Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jeff Flake.

The 85-year-old longtime lawman said the lack of support for Trump's agenda in Washington inspired him to make the bid. He also cited supporters who urged him to seek public office again after a crushing 2016 re-election defeat following six terms as sheriff of metro Phoenix. Then Trump offered the pardon.

"If I go to my grave, I don't think I'd be happy if I didn't take the shot to run," Arpaio said, adding that Trump had not asked him to run.
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Arpaio's announcement raised questions about whether he was serious about the Senate or if he was mainly seeking publicity. Over the years, he flirted with running for Arizona governor no fewer than five times before demurring and abandoning the idea.

Asked whether the White House supports Arpaio's candidacy, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment.

Arpaio said he would accept a Trump endorsement, but he would not seek it.
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"If you know my history, you know they (other candidates) ask for the endorsements," Arpaio said. "You never see me with a list of endorsements."
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