By | October 30, 2015

PHOENIX — As Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces his toughest career battle in a federal lawsuit over his policing policies, he also faces one of the hardest re-election period of his 53-year career.

According to a recent poll by consulting firm MBQF, Arpaio’s chances of being re-elected are a tossup.

When 559 Maricopa County voters were asked if Arpaio should be re-elected, only 50.55 percent responded yes and a slightly less amount — 49.55 percent — said someone else should be given a chance.

The vote was split pretty evenly among party lines, with 53 percent of Republicans and 48 percent of Democrats responding they would vote for Arpaio, while 47 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats said they would not.

In addition to the Sheriff’s re-election, voters were also asked if they thought the Phoenix Convention Center holding the Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo this month was a good idea.

While only 36 percent said they thought it was, 29 percent said it was a bad idea and 34 percent said they had no opinion.