It has been long known that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017. Typically, people with glioblastoma survive an average of 16 months. McCain has been receiving treatments but his prognosis is serious and can cause other complications as well. So, there has also been a question of what will happen to his Senate seat if he dies or resigns.
According to the Associated Press:
‘Republicans who control the Arizona Senate were prevented from ensuring that ailing Sen. John McCain’s seat isn’t on the November ballot if he leaves office.
‘Minority Democrats voted as a block on Monday against the measure, preventing an emergency clause from being tacked onto legislation changing how members of Congress who die or resign are replaced.’
GOP state lawmakers introduced a bill which would have allowed individuals appointed to vacant Senate seats to occupy them for two full years, if the seat became vacant within 150 days of a regularly scheduled primary election.
Therefore, anyone that was appointed by Governor Doug Ducy (R-AZ) after March 31 would remain in the Senate seat until 2020. Currently, according to Arizona law, McCain’s seat would be on the next general election ballot if he left the post by May 30. The actual bill is HB2166.
Democrats voted to prevent the measure to minimize the risk of losing McCain’s seat if it came up for grabs during the 2018 midterm elections.
McCain was hospitalized for an intestinal infection on April 15. His wife posted via Twitter that he arrived back home in Sedona on Monday.
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