The process for the replacement of Senator John McCain’s seat in the Senate will be commenced shortly since the country doesn’t come to a stop while grieving over the maverick Republican after his death from brain cancer.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will be responsible for making the decision of who is supposed to fill McCain’s seat, which he held this responsibility onto for over 30 years.
According to the state law, Ducey will appoint someone to fill the Senate vacancy until 2020.
A special election shall be held for the right to finish out the last two years of McCain’s term.
The governor has remained closed-mouthed about McCain’s successor out of respect for his family as he continued to fight his illness.
It is being speculated that McCain’s wife Cindy McCain is likely to be elected to fill the seat, according to Politico.
Ducey’s chief of staff Kirk Adams, former state lawmaker Barbara Barrett and former Senator Jon Kyl were all nominated as potential replacements, according to The Arizona Republic.
There have been speculations about other possible nominees like former Reps. Matt Salmon and John Shadegg, Karrin Taylor Robson and state treasurer Eileen Klein.
Ducey, who didn’t leave any comment about McCain’s replacement, did rule out naming himself.
After McCain’s death, Ducey released a statement in which he said: ‘John McCain is one American who will never be forgotten.
‘He was a giant. An icon. An American hero. But here at home, we were most proud to call him a fellow Arizonan.
‘Like so many of us, he was not born here, but his spirit, service and fierce independence shaped the state with which he became synonymous.’
The vacancy due to McCain’s death narrows the number of Republican-held seats in the 100-member U.S. Senate to 50, with Democrats controlling 49.
That could also give Republicans some kind of an advantage in the battle to authenticate Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court in the weeks ahead since McCain had been too ill to cast any votes this year.
A senator for Arizona over three decades, McCain had been suffering from glioblastoma, a brain cancer, since July 2017 and had not been at the US Capitol this year.
His family made public on Friday that McCain was not continuing cancer treatment.
He died on Saturday afternoon with his wife Cindy and other family members at his bedside.
‘At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years,’ a statement from his office said.
McCain will lie in state in both Phoenix and in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C.
His full dress funeral service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral before being buried in Annapolis, Maryland.