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.
Arpaio told a crowd of supporters, "For those critics out there, I'm gonna say right now in January I'm signing up for 2016. So I'm not a lame duck. So I say that right now."
Arpaio thanked his supporters in Maricopa County and across the United States.
Arpaio also had a message for President Barack Obama.
"He's gone after me from the White House, Department of Justice, FBI, I can go on and on, but I will continue to enforce all the laws including immigration," he said. "Nothing changes."
Arpaio said one of future missions is to get together with Latino community and try to explain what his department does. But that he will continue to enforce all the laws, that that won't change for him.
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