With the death of Senator John McCain, questions about who will replace him in the Senate have already started to percolate. The Daily Wire reports:
Sen. John McCain’s death certainly left a hole in America’s heart, but it also has left a vacant Senate seat, one that will have to be filled before the Senate resumes its work in the fall.
Arizona governor Doug Ducey is charged with the responsibility and has said that he plans to appoint someone to the seat soon after Sen. John McCain has been laid to rest, but out of respect for the family, is not entertaining any offers to fill McCain’s vacant spot in the Senate while the late senator lies in state, first in Arizona and then in the United States Capitol, before being buried later this week.
“Now is a time for remembering and honoring a consequential life well lived,” Ducey said in a statement to CNN and other major news networks on Sunday.
Ducey is facing re-election in November and seems conscious that his choice could have an effect on the outcome of that contest, but McCain likely left a short list of candidates to serve as his replacement — and he and Ducey did speak about the process during McCain’s year-long battle with brain cancer.
With such a razor thin margin in the Senate, McCain’s replacement will likely be under serious pressure to secure the GOP’s agenda until the midterms.