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The Controversial Sheriff, Put in Power by His County’s Voters

Suddenly, 2012 has a new must-watch race: The election of sheriff in Pima County, Arizona.

In 2008, Clarence Drupnik won reelection with 64.6 percent of the vote.

After the shootings, Sheriff Drupnik said of his state and the community he serves, “We have become the Mecca of prejudice and bigotry.”

Pima County is one of the more Democrat-leaning parts of Arizona. In 2008, Barack Obama won the county, 52 percent to 46 percent, while McCain carried the state 53 percent to 45 percent.

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