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Ex-Arizona sheriff, Trump ally Joe Arpaio running for Senate

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AP file photo Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio leaves the federal courthouse in 2017 in Phoenix, Ariz. Arpaio is running for the Arizona U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.[]

PHOENIX – Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was spared a possible jail sentence last year when his political ally President Donald Trump pardoned his criminal conviction for disobeying a judge’s order, announced Tuesday that he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jeff Flake.

The 85-year-old lawman tweeted he is seeking the post to support Trump’s policies.

“President Trump needs my help in the Senate,” Arpaio added in an email to supporters seeking funds for the race.

Arpaio, who served 24 years as metro Phoenix’s sheriff before suffering a crushing 2016 defeat by an little-known Phoenix police sergeant, would face former state Sen. Kelli Ward in the GOP primary and possibly U.S. Rep. Martha McSally.