Internet buzzes about Sheriff Paul Babeu ending race

PINAL COUNTY, AZ - Internet buzz has called into question the status of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's run for Congress, however the ABC15 Investigators have confirmed Babeu has no intention of leaving the race.

Babeu's campaign manager insisted the Sheriff is still raising money for his congressional campaign, despite a published report that suggested he would quit and begin gathering signatures to run for a second term as Sheriff.

ABC15 could not verify such an effort was underway.

In a statement to ABC15, Campaign Manager Chris DeRose wrote, "We are collecting signatures for Congress. We've done three fundraisers for Congress in the past two weeks."

DeRose also said money raised for a congressional campaign could not be used in a race for Pinal County Sheriff.

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