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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

John McCain was buried Sunday afternoon at a private ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy, one day after he was eulogized by former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush and his daughter.

Minutes later, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey congratulated Kyl on the appointment via Twitter.

Arizona law requires the governor to appoint a member of the same political party to fill a seat opened by the departure of a senator.

Kyl, a Republican, is now shepherding Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ducey signaled Kyl could be sworn into the Senate in the coming days and pushed back against allegations that the appointment was a politically-motivated move based exclusively on the supreme court nomination.

Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary Senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona. Ducey is expected to formally announced McCain's replacement in a news conference in Arizona.

The source said Kyl will serve through the remainder of this year, and "the door is open" to him serving longer. The governor confirmed the news in a tweet Tuesday morning as well, saying "I am deeply grateful to Senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years". They hold a 51-49 majority but that dwindled to a single vote while McCain stayed in Arizona for much of this year being treated for the brain cancer that killed him on August 25.

It was the sometimes more moderate McCain who past year thwarted fellow Republicans' attempts to undo Obamacare in a dramatic vote shortly after being diagnosed with cancer in July 2017.

He spent three terms in the Senate, working with McCain, and was minority whip, the first Arizona politician to earn that position.

Kyl, by contrast, remains popular in Arizona. "I can not think of anything I've done in politics of outcome, any cause I've engaged in, that John was not there, that I was not his wingman".

The unusual timing of Kyl's appointment could work out for another Arizona Republican who wants to become a US senator - Rep. Martha McSally.

Mr. Kyl said he will not be a candidate for the seat in 2020.

"His own attitude, the way he faced death with characteristic fearlessness and perspective, really comforted me", Lieberman said.

The flag-draped coffin holding McCain's body was flown to Washington, D.C., aboard Air Force Two, the plane reserved for the vice president.


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