[Ed. – The list of who ISN’T running may be the short one, here in a couple of months. Arpaio is actually more popular than the media would have you believe with middle-class Latinos. But Phoenix is an island of blue in a sea of red, and so are a couple of other populous Arizona enclaves. The urban/hinterland divide there is getting more like California’s.]
Republican Joe Arpaio, a close ally of President Trump and former sheriff known for his provocative approach to combatting illegal immigration, is running for Senate in Arizona.
The 85-year-old Arpaio could shake up the late August Republican primary in a critical open-seat race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Trump pardoned Arpaio last summer, sparing the former sheriff jail time after he was convicted of ignoring a federal court order in a racial-profiling case. …
In a telephone interview with the Washington Examiner, Arpaio shrugged off concerns about his age, dismissed Republican insiders’ anxiety that his poor reputation with nonwhite voters would put the seat in play for the Democrats in the midterm, and discussed plans to work with Trump on behalf of Arizona.