Biggs to challenge Pierce for Senate presidency

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Associated Press

Posted on October 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 23 at 9:36 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs says he'll challenge Senate President Steve Pierce for the chamber's top leadership post.

The two Republicans would face off in a vote among majority Republicans elected in the Nov. 6 general election.

Biggs told the Arizona Capitol Times (http://bit.ly/OOVyki ) that it'll be a close race against Pierce but that he thinks he can win.

House and Senate caucuses generally hold their closed-door reorganization meetings within a few days after the election.

Re-elected members and newly elected ones get to vote.

Pierce is a Prescott rancher. He narrowly defeated Biggs for the Senate presidency late last year after then-President Russell Pearce was ousted from the Legislature when he lost a recall election.

Biggs is a retired lawyer who lives in Gilbert.

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