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Arizona Immigration-Law Author Pearce Loses in Recall Election

The president of Arizona’s Senate and author of hard-line laws against illegal immigration lost a recall election seen as a bellwether on “extreme” politics.

Republican Russell Pearce yesterday lost by about 53 percent to 45 percent, according to the Maricopa County Elections Department. Pearce, 64, was defeated by Jerry Lewis, a Republican school administrator who has said he opposes Pearce’s enforcement-only approach to immigration policy.