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Former Sen. Jon Kyl to Be Named as McCain's Replacement

Former Sen. Jon Kyl to Be Named as McCain's Replacement

Over the last few months, Senator Kyl has been working closely with the White House on the Senate confirmation of the President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. "Now Sen. Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's nomination".

Kyl is considered a solid conservative on many issues.

In 2020, voters will get to decide who fills the remainder of McCain's seat through 2022. The seat will then be up again for a full six-year term.

McCain died August 25 of brain cancer and served with Kyl in the Senate for years. Ducey, a Republican, said, adding Kyl was "the best possible person, regardless of politics". By state law the senator will have to be a member of the same party as the departing one, in this case the GOP. In a similar conundrum, Ducey could have potentially strengthened his prospects for reelection this fall by choosing a relative "moderate" to take McCain's place - or fortified his résumé for a future presidential run by doing right by the GOP's activist base.

Republicans hold a slim majority in the Senate, which means selecting a Kavanaugh supporter to replace McCain could be vital in getting the judge confirmed to the Supreme Court.

McCain died on August 25 at 81 years old - just one day after announcing he would no longer seek treatment for an aggressive brain tumor. Kyl said he had traveled with McCain around the world over the years.

Jon Kyl served with John McCain as a United States Senator representing Arizona from 1995 to 2013. He said during those trips he realized that McCain had better instincts on when to assert USA power than anyone else he knew. "Upon his appointment today, Mr. Kyl said, "... when I left the Senate nearly six years ago, I had no intention of returning. Cindy McCain quickly offered her support, calling Kyl "a dear friend of mine and John's". Jon Kyl on September 4 to fill the seat vacated by the late Sen.

"There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served", he said.

"Ducey will submit a certificate of appointment to the U.S. Senate secretary Tuesday".

That said, Kyl has not ruled out remaining in the seat until 2020.

Doug Ducey was to announce his decision on Tuesday.

Kyl said that he "will do my best to ensure that Arizonans continue to be well-represented in the Senate".

Kyl, 76, served with McCain during his 18 years in the U.S. Senate, rising to minority whip, the second-highest-ranking Republican senator in the chamber.

She's now locked in a tough campaign against Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema for the Senate seat Flake is vacating.

McCain, who died of brain cancer on August 25, was last re-elected in 2016; his term will expire in 2022.

Filling McCain's seat marks a turning point in Arizona political history.

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