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Recall threat tactic may prove difficult (access required)

Seeing one of Arizona’s most prolific and powerful political figures toppled in a recall election has some Republicans wondering who might be next.

Whereas previously, a recall petition being pulled could be dismissed as a joke, there was now a solid model for running a recall campaign and winning.

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Pearce recall shows voters want leaders, not rulers

After the unprecedented recall and defeat of Senate President Russell Pearce, political pundits have had a heyday analyzing the causes of his decisive upset. Immigration policy? Abrasive personality? Campaign blunders? These and many other factors contributed to the Pearce defeat.

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A turning point in the immigration debate?

Republicans who oppose Senate President Russell Pearce’s strict enforcement to confronting illegal immigration are quick to paint Jerry Lewis’s victory last Tuesday as a turning point in the debate in favor of a more nuanced solution to this complex problem. Eager to seize the momentum, they are creating a narrative for the whole nation. While they acknowledged that Pearce’s defeat to Lewis won’t necessarily roll back laws like Arizona’s SB1070, they believe it sends a signal to other Republicans that they can offer more pragmatic solutions without fearing a backlash.

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The morning after

Senate pages began boxing up items from Pearce’s office yesterday, leaving one Senate GOP source with mixed emotions on the recall, the rough treatment of Lewis and the departed Pearce.

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