Illegal immigration foe faces possible recall vote

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Critics of Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce say they're proceeding with plans to file petitions on Tuesday to force a recall election.

Depending on how long various officials take to process and certify petitions and signatures, the election would be held in November or March.

Recall supporters call Pearce an extremist who's out of touch with most voters' major concerns, such as jobs and housing.

Pearce says he takes the recall effort seriously, but he's not worried.

And Pearce says his critics in effect are launching an assault on the state -- not him -- by criticizing his efforts to combat illegal immigration.

A recall group says they're within striking distance of the required 7,756 signatures of registered voters in his district in Mesa, Arizona's third-largest city.