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Hearing set Friday on challenge to Pearce recall

State Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, pauses as he talks after Gov. Jan Brewer during a news conference in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

An initial court hearing is scheduled Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court on a case involving the scheduled Nov. 8 recall election for Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce.

Backers of the Mesa Republican filed a challenge Monday to the recall, saying flaws in petitions and other paperwork mean there aren’t enough valid voter signatures to force the election.

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