Russell Pearce: Brewer owes me

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on November 3, 2010 at 6:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 3 at 6:29 AM

PHOENIX -- Arizona's tough immigration law, SB 1070, no doubt played a pivotal roles in the governor's race and Jan Brewer's win.

State Sen. Russell Pearce (R), the main author of the measure, says Brewer owes him for helping her get elected.

"I think, out of fairness, the governor would have to admit that if it wasn't for 1070, she wouldn't be elected," Pearce told 3TV's Mike Watkiss Tuesday night. "I know other folks ran on 1070. Nationally, folks ran on 1070. I had three governor candidates call me to do calls for them and support them, not because I'm Russell Pearce, but I'm the face of 1070."

According to a preliminary analysis of exit poll results, more than 75 percent of people who strongly support the new immigration law favored Brewer.

Challenger Terry Goddard won over nine of 10 voters who strongly opposed the law, as well as nearly three-fourths of Latino voters.

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