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GOP Sen. Lewis competes against Rep. Ableser in Democrat-friendly Tempe (access required)

After several tries, Sen. Jerry Lewis, R-Mesa, finally found a resident who was willing to step outside his door and talk about politics one Saturday morning in September. Armed with a voter list and a pocket full of flyers, Lewis, who is running for the state Senate against Democratic Rep. Ed Ableser of Tempe, had been knocking on several doors in a working class neighborhood in Tempe.

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Conservative icon Pearce loses again by double digits (access required)

Except for his concession speech, it’s all over for Russell Pearce.

Outraised and outspent, the man who helped elevate Arizona onto the national stage in the illegal immigration debate, failed on Tuesday to persuade his party-mates to send him back to the state Legislature.

It was the former Senate president’s second loss since November – when he was ousted from office in a recall election – against an opponent who holds moderate views on immigration enforcement.

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