Recall election for Ariz. immigration law sponsor

CREATED Jul. 12, 2011

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has announced a Nov. 8 recall election for the leader of the state's senate who was the chief sponsor of controversial legislation against illegal immigration.

Brewer's action late Tuesday was expected because elections officials certified last week that opponents of Senate President Russell Pearce had collected enough signatures to force the recall election.

The Republican lawmaker says he'll remain in office and campaign actively for retention by voters in his legislative district.

Pearce is best known for sponsoring immigration measures including the 2010 enforcement law known as SB1070. A judge has placed key provisions of that measure on hold while they're challenged in court.