Sheriff Joe announces Senate bid

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The controversial lawman whom Donald Trump pardoned past year following a federal conviction for criminal contempt in a racial profiling case.

The former sheriff is 85 years old and would be one of the oldest ever first term Senators in congressional history.

"I'm going to have to work hard; you don't take anything for granted", the tough-talking lawman told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday.

Famous for embracing the title of "America's Toughest Sheriff", Arpaio was convicted by a federal judge after the Maricopa lawman's defied an order to stop detaining immigrants simply due to their legal status.

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"I have a lot to offer".

A longtime supporter of President Trump, Arpaio was pardoned last summer by Trump after he was found guilty of criminal contempt. "But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win".

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who past year was pardoned by President Trump in a case stemming from his immigration enforcement tactics, announced Tuesday he will run for the open Senate seat in his home state.

While buying meat at a Deli counter in December, he told a Daily Beast reporter: "No, I would not consider Franks" seat, but I am considering running for the Senate, Flake's seat. Jeff Flake's (R-Ariz.) seat when he leaves office.

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The question now is whether President Trump will campaign for Arpaio in the Grand Canyon State, or at the very least endorse him.

It was Arpaio's roughly quarter-century as sheriff that gave him a national reputation for his tough treatment of people suspected of being in the country illegally.

Kelli Ward, a well-known conservative candidate best known for challenging Sen. Martha McSally are also running to be the GOP nominee in a state that narrowly went for Trump in 2016.

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