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Reports show Arpaio spent $12.6 million in re-election bid

July 21, 2016 file photo of Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Associated Press)

July 21, 2016 file photo of Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Associated Press)

The final campaign finance reports from the Maricopa County sheriff’s election show that Republican Joe Arpaio spent a total of $12.6 million in his unsuccessful bid for a seventh term in office.

Democrat Paul Penzone, who beat Arpaio by nearly 13 percentage points in November, spent $1 million.

A political group funded primarily by liberal hedge-fund tycoon George Soros also spent $3.2 million in opposition to Arpaio.

The final reports were publicly released late last week and early this week.

Another Soros-funded group spent $1.8 million opposing the re-election campaign of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a Republican.

Montgomery, who defeated Democratic challenger Diego Rodriguez by 5 percentage points, spent $357,000.

Rodriguez’s final campaign report hasn’t yet been made public.

His previous report showed that he had spent $17,000.

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