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Cindy McCain, the wife of Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain, will reportedly succeed her husband if he should die in office.

Veteran journalist John Gizzi reported that multiple sources in the Grand Canyon State have been almost unanimous in their view that Republican Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint Cindy McCain.

A former Republican senator who served with John McCain told Newsmax‘s Gizzi, “I don’t know if this (succession) has been formalized, but that’s what people who know John tell me.”

“One source close to the McCain family said supporters of the senator have quietly let Gov. Ducey know Cindy is the choice of ‘Team McCain,’” Gizzi wrote.

An Arizona Republican strategist told The Western Journal that choosing Cindy McCain, 64, would be a safe choice for Ducey and may help his re-election bid this fall.

“She would certainly be a feel-good pick now,” the strategist said. “Though some of the more conservative elements of the party would probably not be pleased that another McCain was taking the seat, I think since it would occur after the death of Sen. McCain, the feel-good nature of it would surpass any negative feelings, at least in the short term.”

The strategist added if Cindy McCain votes like a moderate once assuming office, it could hurt Ducey should he decide to run for the seat later down the road.

Wednesday, May 30 is considered a key date, as it will determine how long a Ducey appointee will hold the seat, The Washington Post reported.

Arizona law requires that if John McCain should die in office before the end of his term, a special election must be held on the date of the next general election.

May 30 is seen as the unofficial deadline for a special election to take place this year, because it marks the date by which candidates must file for a November run. If McCain should pass some time thereafter, the election to fill his seat would likely happen no earlier than 2020.

“If there was a vacancy today and we made a decision on ‘yes, call a special election’ or ‘no, (don’t) call a special election’ … there is a 99.9 percent chance that litigation would ensue,” Eric Spencer — election services director in the office of Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan — told The Post last week.

After May 30, successful litigation by Democrats resulting a special election this year diminishes greatly.

The Republican strategist told The Western Journal that Cindy McCain appears to want the appointment in the eventuality that her husband, who is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, dies before the end of his term in 2022.

“I definitely noticed an uptick in Cindy McCain’s social media over the last couple of months,” he said. “So it sure feels like she’s angling for the seat.”

Former Arizona state Sen. Lori Klein told The Western Journal, “Cindy McCain is probably a safe bet for (Ducey) in the sense that it’s highly unlikely that she’ll run” at the end of her appointed term.

“The problem is you’re going to keep the McCain tentacles that control this party and are destroying this party in place,” Klein added. “That is my problem with a Cindy McCain nomination.”

Other potential Ducey choices who have been mentioned include former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives and current Ducey top aide Kirk Adams, and businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robson, who serves on the State Board of Regents for Arizona’s public universities.

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Sarah Godbold June 9, 2018
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I read a statement from a lawyer who said she cold legally be appointed. Not the case if this was the President or Vice President. Does anyone out there know the law enough to set us straight?
mike dar June 8, 2018
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This means Lockheed Martin's stock won't take a nose dive.. which is the only reason McCain was A Senator... over the years billions of dollars paid out to politicians campaign donations through McCain(lobbyist) so Lockheed could get into, in one way or another, 60% of every defense dollar. Then McCain's Daughter will get in position to replace her mother, the lobbying will continue, donations will flow, more Lockheed delayed never ending programs vastly over priced......... invest in Lockheed Martin Stock.. the tax derived gift that keeps on giving.. just not giving results though.
SusanP May 30, 2018
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Considering that McCain rarely votes as a conservative, I would oppose the appointment of his wife to his seat in the Senate. The governor should appoint a true conservative who has a chance of being elected when the time comes for AZ to vote. I do not vote in AZ, but speak for conservatives in the other 49 states when I say "NO MORE McCains in the SENATE"! The last thing this country needs is another RINO.
Bruce May 30, 2018
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I will NEVER vote for that Traitors wife.
Edward J Fast May 30, 2018
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How can a wife inherit her husband's seat in congress. I hope she is not a RINO but my gut feeling is that being married to John she has been in training for years. I repeat, NO RINOS!
Charlene May 30, 2018
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She is the last thing we need in the Senate. Don't the people of Arizona get a say?
Etnarolf May 30, 2018
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Not again! Arizona people wake up.
Auntie Vyris May 30, 2018
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How 'bout a big smelly bowl of nepotism!
Donna Lacey May 29, 2018
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NO....enough of this family and their rhetoric...We have had enough!!!!
Battman May 29, 2018
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The RHINO ELITES can do that don’t you know? Remember we’re Minions like the ones in the movie and they know what’s best for us. The POT is getting very HOT and us Minioms are getting tired! I thought my parents took me out of Cuba in1962 so I would have a voice and a vote on who I and others elect to be my Government Representative or are we turning into a Banana Republic??
Paul Otts May 29, 2018
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I didn't know that Senate seats were hereditary.
paulette barrow May 29, 2018
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WHAT THE HELL,IS THIS VENEZUALA
Andrew May 29, 2018
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This is a bunch of balony. If this were to happen a new election would be required to fill the position. No way can someone be appointed into this position.
Nancy May 29, 2018
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We don’t need another rino in office. A Democrat in republican clothing. We already have one Mr. John the traitor and rino
Dawn May 29, 2018
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How can that be? She was not elected, this is not a monarchy - it is election by votes. I would not support this at all!! Where are the checks and balances?
Michael McPoland May 29, 2018
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Speculation only. Do not need another "conservative" of that ilk.m
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