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Some GOP senators expected to give Lewis cold shoulder (access required)

Jerry Lewis gained political enemies when he took on Senate President Russell Pearce in a historic recall election on Nov. 8.

Starting next year, the political neophyte will be sharing a parking lot with some of them.

Actually, some even suggested setting up Lewis’ office just several steps from the parking lot.

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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’s final vote?

With a Lewis victory assured, all eyes are now on the race to replace Pearce as president. Senate Republicans will meet in closed caucus tomorrow at 10 a.m. to vote on a new leader – but that’s about all that there’s consensus on.

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A Pearce defeat means shake up in Senate (access required)

If Senate President Russell Pearce loses his race tomorrow, it will trigger a shakeup in Senate leadership that will see Republicans choosing a new president.

By all accounts, three senators are interested in the position — Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs, Senate Majority Whip Steve Pierce, and Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler.

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Lewis camp: Robo-calls are ‘dirty trick’ by Pearce ally (access required)

A group headed by a close supporter of Senate President Russell Pearce launched a last-minute auto-dial phone call campaign to Mesa voters over the weekend urging them to “write-in” their own candidates on Tuesday, which some say is a not-so-subtle attempt to dissuade Hispanic voters from either showing up on Election Day or voting for challenger Jerry Lewis.

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Poll: Lewis, Pearce neck-and-neck in recall contest

With only a few days left until voters head to the ballot box to decide the fate of Senate President Russell Pearce, a poll commissioned by the Arizona Capitol Times and ABC15 News shows the race is a dead heat.

Mesa Republican Jerry Lewis, who is seeking to unseat Pearce in the Nov. 8 recall election, is holding his own among fellow GOP voters, despite being heavily outspent by Pearce and his national fundraising prowess.

Lewis holds a 46-43 percent lead over Pearce in the historic recall contest, but the edge is within the poll’s margin of error.

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