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Hotly contested races on tap for general election (access required)

For many candidates, the Aug. 28 primary election settled whether they will join next year’s state Legislature. But for others, the results merely signaled that they will be part of bigger matchups in the general election. At least five Senate seats will be fiercely contested this November, based on an analysis by the Arizona Capitol Times.

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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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