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Republican Nomination For Maricopa County Sheriff Too Close To Call

The Republican primary race for Maricopa County Sheriff is too close to call.

Joe Arpaio, ousted after 24 years as sheriff in 2016, is looking to make a comeback.

Unofficial results show Arpaio neck and neck with Jerry Sheridan, his former chief deputy, as the two former lawmen vie for the Republican nomination.

As of early Wednesday, Arpaio had garnered 36% of the vote, while Sheridan had 37%. Sheridan was leading by more than 500 votes.

Challenger Mike Crawford had 26%.

The winner of the race will face Democratic incumbent Paul Penzone in November.

→  Latest Results From Maricopa County Recorder's Office

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.