Tax, immigration help shape Ariz. governor's race

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Republican Gov. Jan Brewer has drawn both fire and praise for Arizona's new law targeting illegal immigration and helping win approval of a temporary sales tax increase.

That may not be a bad mix for the unelected governor facing a contested Aug. 24 primary in her bid to win a term of her own.

Polls have shown public support for the immigration law even as prompts boycotts and denunciations across the country, and analysts say it appears to be helping shore up Brewer's support among conservatives.

And while her backing for the tax increase handily approved by voters antagonized some of those same conservatives, the analyst say she earned points among moderate Republicans and independents who also can vote in the primary.

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