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Grassroots ‘Mormon Fall’ aided Lewis victory (access required)

Though Jerry Lewis was cautious about saying exactly how important the Mormon church was to his campaign, the political newcomer’s upset win over Senate President Russell Pearce largely relied on a quiet, grassroots effort among Mesa’s faithful.

As the final results of the Nov. 8 recall election became clear, campaign insiders for Lewis revealed how vital early support was among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Pearce ousted in historic recall election (access required)

On top of the world a year ago when his landmark immigration bill became law, Senate President Russell Pearce saw his political career turn to dust tonight when he lost his legislative seat to a political neophyte, despite significantly outspending his opponent.

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Pearce’s immigration obsession hurts Arizona

Arizona’s now infamous SB1070, the tough anti-immigration law, was to be only the start for Senate President Russell Pearce. Upon passage of this legislation, he set about to get a series of bills so extreme that they were rejected by even his conservative legislative colleagues, the very same people who had just passed SB1070.

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