Russell Pearce recall effort close to goal

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PHOENIX, Ariz. -- An effort to recall State Senate President Russell Pearce is closing in on its goal.

Organizers with "Citizens for a Better Arizona" report they've collected 12,000 signatures and validated 7,200 with three weeks until deadline.

But they hope to file early and hold the election in November rather than next March.

"If you feel Russell Pearce is too extreme for Arizona, if you feel he's taking our state in the wrong direction this is the time.  We have 21 days left in our effort," said Chad Snow for Citizens for a Better Arizona.

Another group ended its efforts to recall Russell Pearce because they said Citizens for a Better Arizona will collect enough signatures.