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Recall Election Removes State Senator Who Sponsored Arizona’s Immigration Law

November 9, 2011

In what was largely seen as a public referendum on Arizona’s restrictive immigration law passed in 2010, the author of SB 1070 was successfully recalled in yesterday’s election. State Senator Russell Pearce is the first Arizona legislator ever to lose a recall election.

A variety of news outlets are describing the election in broader terms.

Pearce critics gathered more than 10,000 signatures to force the recall, which  was seen as a referendum on whether Pearce’s get-tough posture on immigration  issues still resonated with the 71,000 registered voters in west Mesa’s District  18. – Arizona Republic

The recall is seen as part of a backlash against the immigration policies that gained the state and Pearce national attention. – Bloomberg

The defeat was a stunning rebuke to the author of Arizona’s controversial  immigration law and could serve as a warning signal to politicians who have  advocated hard-line policies on immigration. – Fox

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