Joe Arpaio All-but-Declares Victory, and Immediately Declares 2016 Candidacy

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, wife Ava, and a cardboard Mitt Romney.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, wife Ava, and a cardboard Mitt Romney.
Photo by Matthew Hendley

Sheriff Joe Arpaio apparently wants to remain Maricopa County Sheriff until he's dead, as he declared his candidacy for the 2016 race immediately after all-but-declaring victory over Democratic candidate Paul Penzone.

At the time of this post, more than 90 percent of the votes had been counted, and Arpaio's up  about 10 percentage points on Penzone. Mike Stauffer proved to be useless, as he pulled in about 4 percent and change.

"I'm not going to talk about my opponent, I don't do that," Arpaio said in his speech at the Arizona Republican Party election party at the Hyatt in downtown Phoenix.

Arpaio said it "hasn't been a tough race" against Penzone, and he added that he's signing up for the 2016 race once January comes around.

In what's either a show of cockiness or sheer confusion, Arpaio said everyone's going to "have to put up with me for another eight years."

Arpaio claimed that he does have emotions but said he would not display them in public.

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