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Jon Kyl, Former Republican Senator, Picked to Replace McCain

Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace Mc Cain in Senate Greg Nash
Freda Brock | 06 September, 2018, 03:29

Since McCain's death, there has been rampant speculation about whom Ducey would appoint to the vacant seat.

However, on Tuesday Ducey said that he hasn't been able to get Kyl's commitment to serve beyond the congressional session that ends this year, though he hopes Kyl will reconsider.

Earlier Tuesday, he went from a news conference at the Arizona Capitol to the Phoenix airport to fly to Washington. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) is in a competitive race against Rep. Martha McSally (R) for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen.

McCain died late last month at age 81 following a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

She says she can "think of no one better to keep fighting for the country and state he held so dear".

Jon Kyl served alongside McCain in the U.S. Senate for almost two decades.

Kyl's appointment would give Republicans their full contingent of 51 senators.

McCain's widow, Cindy, tweeted: "Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's".

That could help another Arizona Republican who is now trying to join the U.S. Senate - Rep. Martha McSally.

Analysts rate the contest as a toss-up.

In 2020, a special election will be held to determine who will hold the remainder-another two years-of what would have been McCain's term.

"Now, Senator Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation", Ducey said.

"Kyl always had the office door open for his constituents".

Along the way, Kyl was an unapologetic national security hawk, culminating in his spearheading of the ultimately unsuccessful opposition to the New START nonproliferation treaty between the United States and Russian Federation. Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally, both USA representatives, are squaring off to replace Jeff Flake, who didn't seek re-election. Flake, a vocal Trump critic, is retiring this year.

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Kyl's appointment fulfills a couple of necessary criteria.

Many names had emerged as possibilities to fill John MCCain's seat, including Cindy McCain, former Reps.

'I think McCain would be very happy with the pick.

Meghan McCain, John McCain's daughter, also supported the pick. Doug Ducey is expected to announce Tuesday.

The conservative former pol will pad Republicans' narrow margin in the Senate.

In making the announcement, Ducey said, "There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl".

Kyl's entire career in Washington overlapped with McCain's, and he served with the state's senior senator for three terms before stepping down.

Separately, GOP senators decided to make Sen.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has appointed former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl to succeed the late John McCain in the Senate until the general election in 2020. He said a "sense of duty" drove his decision to take the appointment.

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

One of his first tasks will be to vote in President Donald Trump's nominee for United States Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

"Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's", she tweeted.

When Kyl is sworn in, he will join Goldwater as having served in the role after leaving.

The ex-senator said he was willing to serve through at least the end of the current Congress "to make sure that the business that is now ongoing is taken care of".

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