The recall election for the chief sponsor of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 law has been set for Nov. 8.

Gov. Jan Brewer announced the election date on Tuesday.

The governor's action came as no surprise. Election officials had already determined that opponents of the state Senate leader had collected enough signatures to force the recall election.

Pearce is best known for sponsoring immigration measures, including SB 1070, which was introduced in 2010. A judge has placed key provisions of that measure on hold while they're challenged in federal court.

But the people calling for the Republican's ouster have focused their criticism on other issues, such as cuts to education and social services.

He says he'll remain in office and campaign for retention by voters in his legislative district.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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