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Ousted Arizona Boots Anti-Immigration Leader Matt York / AP Photo

Arizona Boots Anti-Immigration Leader

Arizona voted Tuesday to recall Senate president Russell Pearce, the architect of the state’s controversial immigration law. He lost 53-45 to fellow Republican Jerry Lewis, a conservative Mormon who opposed the state’s anti-immigration crackdown. It’s the first time in U.S. history that a sitting Senate president has been recalled, and Pearce is the first Arizona legislator to ever lose a recall election. One Pearce ally, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, predicted Pearce would run again next year.

November 9, 2011 6:16 AM