While Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio was projected to win his sixth term in Arizona’s Maricopa County, a Latino advocacy group challenged the results Tuesday night.
“The fight is still not over,” Promise Action in Arizona deputy field director Tomas Robles told VOXXI.com. “There are almost half a million people whose votes haven’t been counted.”
The group said there are actually 400,000 provisional ballots left to be counted, even though Arpaio’s closest opponent, Democrat Paul Penzone, conceded the race just before 10 pm local time, according to The Arizona Republic, saying he faced a 75,000-vote deficit with 40 percent of state precincts reporting, a gap too wide to overcome.
However, Penzone also issued a word of warning toward Arpaio, who has made national headlines — and attracted legal scrutiny — while billing himself as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” for his stark anti-immigrant policies.
“There’s a bigger percentage of the population that in the past looked at things through a political lens and now realizes public safety can’t be about politics,” Penzone said. “They’re going to hold the sheriff accountable.”