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Pundits are calling Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu a longshot in the Congressional District 4 race after revelations about his lifestyle.

Babeu, a Republican in his first term as sheriff, acknowledged that he is gay, after a story in the Phoenix New Times said Babeu had threatened to have his ex-lover deported if the man revealed their relationship. Babeu denied the threat claim in a statement and at a lengthy news conference on Saturday.

Opponents are already saying the revelation makes Babeu unfit for a seat in Congress. The Huffington Post in a followup posting today said the news could bring to an end what many had seen as a bright future for Babeu.

Arizona Public Media political correspondent Christopher Conover will discuss the facts and potential future for Babeu in an interview with Arizona Illustrated host Tony Paniagua tonight at 6:30 on PBS-HD6.

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