Sheriff Joe Arpaio at ‘Believers in Trump’ meeting

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio stood next to a cardboard cutout of Donald Trump at a Mexican restaurant on the outskirts of Phoenix, praising the Republican presidential candidate and railing against President Obama.

The Republican sheriff, a national anti-illegal-immigration icon, is facing his toughest race in a quarter century, trailing Democrat Paul Penzone in some polls.

But support for Arpaio was strong at the Believers for Trump meeting as the crowd of about 50 cheered Arpaio’s claim that the Democratic administration is targeting him for doing his job.

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