Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) is resigning from the U.S. Senate on December 31, setting up the likely appointment of former Congresswoman Martha McSally (R) by Republican Governor Doug Ducey.
McSally narrowly lost to Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema in November, becoming the first Democrat to represent the state since 1995.
Insiders attribute McSally’s loss to her failure to effectively tell her story as the nation’s first female fighter pilot and performance in Congress, not establishing a strong presence in densely populated Maricopa County, and ignoring Sinema’s effective rebranding of herself as a supposed moderate.
A replacement to Kyl’s seat “will be announced in the near future,” according to Governor Ducey’s office.
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