Arizona Law Puts Democrats’ Seats in Peril

The leader of their party, President Barack Obama, has criticized the state law as “misguided,” and the Justice Department plans to challenge the law in court. On the other side are Republican challengers who are tapping into deep local frustration over the issue and portraying the junior Democrats as sympathetic to illegal immigrants.

Meanwhile, liberal Democratic colleagues — including at least one in the Arizona congressional delegation — have called the law “racist” and urged economic boycotts of Arizona.

For the three Democrats — Reps. Harry Mitchell, Ann Kirkpatrick and Gabrielle Giffords — the new law’s polarizing force is complicating their reelection campaigns in an already volatile year. And it’s leading them to pursue a simple strategy: avoid speaking at all about the specifics of SB 1070.

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