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By BOB CHRISTIE
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Conservative Republicans furious with members of their own party for supporting Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan are targeting a half-dozen lawmakers in next week's primary in a nasty intra-party battle.

The battle is particularly vicious in Chandler, where Rep. Bob Robson was accused of removing signs opposing his re-election. Lt. Brandon Jones says the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office investigated and issued a citation to Robson on Monday night on a misdemeanor charge of tampering with campaign signs.

Robson is among the lawmakers who supported Brewer's Medicaid expansion last year and are now being targeted by tea party Republicans and a group called the Alliance of Principled Conservatives.

In response, Brewer is spending cash from her Arizona's Legacy political action committee to back her supporters.

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