Former Republican Sen. Kyl to replace McCain, bolstering conservatives

Former Sen. Jon Kyl to finish out John McCain's term

Former Sen. Jon Kyl to finish out John McCain's term

He also previously served in the U.S. House.

Under Arizona law, Gov. Doug Ducey (R) named McCain's successor to serve until the 2020 election.

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

Kyl's appointment means the Republican attorney who had been guiding President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, through the confirmation process will now have a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Kyl and McCain served together for a time in the Senate.

The GOP is hoping he'll be a more reliable partisan vote than McCain, whose opposition to a partial repeal of President Obama's health care law pitched the party into turmoil a year ago. If he is unwilling to serve until the next general election in 2020, the governor would have to appoint another interim senator.

Outside of Arizona, longtime McCain friend Sen.

Kyl has agreed to step in for McCain through the end of this year, the Republic said.

Ducey said he spoke to Cindy McCain Tuesday morning.

And Jeff Flake tweeted "Governor Ducey has selected Senator Jon Kyl as Senator McCain's replacement".

Cindy McCain wrote that "John Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's".

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An ardent supporter of Kavanaugh, it comes as no surprise that Ducey tapped someone who will vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

The unusual timing of Kyl's appointment could work out for another Arizona Republican who wants to become a USA senator - Rep. Martha McSally. The Arizona GOP is sharply divided between a Trumpist majority, and a more "Flake-y" fringe.

Doug Ducey, left, appointed former U.S. Sen.

McCain's daughter Meghan, an outspoken co-host of 'The View, ' said that she could 'think of no one better to keep fighting for the country and state he held so dear. The White House tapped him to guide Brett Kavanaugh through his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, which are now underway.

Ducey said he hopes he will serve longer.

Since leaving the Senate, Kyl has worked as a lobbyist at Covington & Burling in Washington DC.

Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives, said given that the Arizona governor was "not going to appoint somebody who is going to vote with us, it's a pretty good appointment".

In a statement announcing Kyle's appointment, Ducey said his fellow Republican "understands how the Senate functions and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans". In what appeared to be a veiled comparison to McCain, Kyl also joked that the president's combative nature "reminds me of somebody".

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

McSally is running against Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema for an open senate seat in November.

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