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Bigger stakes, smaller crowds (access required)

As the national immigration debate rages, enthusiasm in Arizona fades.

Russell Pearce stood on the Senate lawn last Saturday, reciting the same anti-illegal immigration rhetoric that boosted him to national fame in 2010 with the passage of his SB1070. This time, the crowd around Pearce had become much smaller.

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