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Updated Nov 7, 2012 - 10:01 am

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio wins 6th term

PHOENIX -- The self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America has won a sixth term after facing his most bruising re-election contest.

Republican incumbent Joe Arpaio was challenged by Democrat Paul Penzone and independent Mike Stauffer in Maricopa County sheriff's race.

The two retired officers who challenged Arpaio have accused metro Phoenix's longtime sheriff of focusing too heavily on investigations that bring him publicity and ignoring many of the law enforcement duties he was hired to do.

"I'm going to do what I've been doing," Arpaio said. "All policies stay and I'll continue to enforce all illegal immigration laws, however, I want to reach out to the Hispanic community."

He added he would run again in 2016.

In the county to the immediate south of metro Phoenix, Republican incumbent Paul Babeu won in his bid for a second term as Pinal County sheriff.

Babeu faced Democrat Kevin Taylor and independent Ty Morgan.

KTAR's Jim Cross contributed to this article.

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