Tuesday’s mixed electoral results have both Republicans and Democrats scrambling to find good omens for their respective parties. But liberals have seized on one surprising event in particular: For the first time in American history, a state-senate president, Russell Pearce of Arizona, was defeated in a recall election.
Pearce was the architect of a nationally controversial immigration law, SB 1070, which essentially required that immigrants provide legal documentation when stopped, for other reasons, by law enforcement. This gave him a national reputation as a radical conservative who had labeled his own legislature a “tea-party Senate.”
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