The tide is turning against the right-wing reaction (Tea Party etc) of the last couple years. The architect of Arizona's backward immigration laws, considered the strongest politician in the state, has been recalled in the election yesterday. Arizona got so sick of this guy they couldn't wait for the regular election, they recalled him as soon as they could.
Russell Pearce ousted in historic recall election
Voters have ousted state Sen. Russell Pearce in an unprecedented recall election, a first for an Arizona legislator.
With a majority of the precincts reporting, the top vote-getter, Republican Jerry Lewis, steps into the District 18 legislative seat for the second year of a two-year term.
Lewis claimed victory at 9 p.m. "Our opponent was the most powerful politician in Arizona and one who had deep-pocketed and powerful interests from outside our district backing him, as well as the entire muscle from our state Republican Party," Lewis said.
Lewis, 54, a charter school executive, has been a resident of Mesa for nearly 30 years. His victory now forces the Senate's majority Republicans to pick a new leader for the chamber.
People on both sides of the debate said that removing Pearce would send a powerful message to the Legislature that uncompromising stances on immigration and other issues will not be tolerated by voters.
Pearce, a 64-year-old conservative Republican from Mesa, outspent his challenger by more than a 3-to-1 ratio and painted the recall advocates as liberal outsiders who targeted him because of his immigration stance.