Former Arizona US Sen. Jon Kyl to take John McCain’s Senate seat until 2020 general election

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Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) leaves the weekly Senate Republican Caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol September 7, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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PHOENIX— John McCain’s widow says former Arizona U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will be named as her deceased husband’s replacement in the U.S. Senate.

Cindy McCain disclosed the choice Tuesday ahead of a news conference by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who will make the appointment.

The appointee will fill the seat until the next general election in 2020. In that cycle, voters will get to decide who fills the remainder of McCain’s seat through 2022.

The political stakes are high since Kyl could participate in the vote on whether to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kyl will be rejoining the Senate at a time when Democrats are eager to take control of the chamber in this year’s midterms.

McCain died Aug. 25 of brain cancer.

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