(CNN) - The state senator who wrote Arizona's controversial immigration law lost to a charter school superintendent on Tuesday night in a recall election widely seen as a referendum on tough measures against illegal immigrants.
"I want to thank those people who have stood by me," said Russell Pearce, who represented a suburban Phoenix district. "It doesn't look like the numbers are going my direction ... and I'm OK with that."
The recall petition pitted Pearce against fellow Republican Jerry Lewis. Lewis led with 53.4% of the vote with all precincts reporting while Pearce got 45.3%.
This is a tough issue to follow with the information provided. Who did what?
even the repos can't stick togeather.
Change will come !
Crushed! That's is sweet justice
Since you are being voted out of office it really doesn't matter what you think.
IIt is a good day for Arizona!
Chickens are coming to roost. The Governor will be next.
Definitely a move in the right direction.
I can't wait to see how Fox spins this!!!
The radical extremists are all going down in 2012.