By: CNN Wire Service, fox6now.com
Joe Arpaio, the Republican former Maricopa County sheriff known for his hard-line immigration tactics, says he’s running for Senate.
“I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump,” Arpaio told the Washington Examiner in an interview kicking off his campaign. “I’m going to have to work hard; you don’t take anything for granted. But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win. I’m not here to get my name in the paper, I get that every day, anyway.”
Arpaio was defeated in the 2016 election after 24 years in office as sheriff. He was convicted last year of criminal contempt for defying a court order to stop racially profiling Latinos but was pardoned by President Donald Trump, whose presidential campaign Arpaio had supported, in August before serving any jail time.
CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 21: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gestures to the crowd before delivering a speech on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party’s nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
GOP Sen. Jeff Flake is retiring, setting up a fight among top Arizona Republicans for the nomination.
National Republicans appear poised to land their top recruit for the seat: Rep. Martha McSally is set to holds events Friday in Tucson, Phoenix and Prescott where she’ll make what’s being billed as a “special announcement.”
Arpaio and McSally would join Kelli Ward, the conservative state senator who drew 40% of the vote in the 2016 primary against Sen. John McCain, in the race.
Ward is supported by a super PAC funded by the GOP megadonor Mercer family. She was also backed by Steve Bannon — though Ward distanced herself from the former White House chief strategist after Bannon’s comments in a new book drew condemnation from President Trump.
The Democratic candidate in a race that represents one of the party’s best pick-up opportunities on the 2018 midterm map is Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.
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