Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R), a vocal supporter of GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE, is projected to lose his reelection race in Arizona to Democrat Paul Penzone.
The Associated Press has Arpaio down 45 percent to Penzone’s 55 percent.
Arpaio, who was seeking a seventh term, is known for his hard-line immigration stance.
Arpaio is facing criminal contempt charges after allegedly violating a judge's order to halt immigration patrols accused of racial profiling. He pleaded not guilty just two weeks before the election.
An October poll from the Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll found Arpaio trailing by nearly 15 points as news broke that he would face the charges.