pcloudy.png
Saturday October 24th, 2020 11:36AM

Arizona Senate race could play crucial role in confirmation

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

PHOENIX (AP) — If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30, shrinking the GOP's Senate majority at a crucial moment and complicating the path to confirmation for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Kelly has maintained a consistent polling lead over Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who was appointed to the seat held by John McCain, who died in 2018.

Because the contest is a special election to finish McCain's term, the winner could be sworn in as soon as the results are officially certified. Other winners in the November election won't take office until January.

Trump has pledged to nominate a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon who died Friday, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed that Trump’s nominee “will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

If Kelly wins, the timing when he formally takes office could be crucial in determining who replaces Ginsburg. It could eliminate a Republican vote in favor of Trump's nominee — the GOP currently has 53 seats in the 100-member chamber — or require McConnell to speed up the nomination process.

With McSally in the Senate, four GOP defections could defeat a nomination, while a tie vote could be broken by Vice President Mike Pence.

McSally quickly laid down a marker, declaring on Twitter within hours of the announcement of Ginsberg's death that “this U.S. Senate should vote on President Trump’s next nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.”

She has not elaborated on whether the confirmation vote should come before or after the election. But she highlighted the renewed stakes of her race in a fundraising pitch on Saturday.

“If Mark Kelly comes out on top, HE could block President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee from being confirmed,” she wrote.

Democrats in 2018 found success in Arizona, a state long dominated by the GOP, by appealing to Republicans and independent voters disaffected with Trump. The Supreme Court vacancy could shake up the race and boost McSally's lagging campaign by keeping those voters in her camp.

Kelly said late Saturday that “the people elected to the presidency and Senate in November should fill this vacancy.”

“When it comes to making a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, Washington shouldn’t rush that process for political purposes,” Kelly said in a statement.

Arizona law requires election results to be officially certified on the fourth Monday after the election, which falls this year on Nov. 30. The certification could be delayed up to three days if the state has not received election results from any of the 15 counties.

Mary O'Grady, a Democratic lawyer with expertise in election law, said the deadlines are firm and there's little room for delay.

“I don’t see ambiguity here,” said O’Grady, who was Arizona’s solicitor general under two Democratic attorneys general.

Arizona law allows recounts and election challenges only under very limited circumstances, she said.

“Usually, the Secretary of the Senate’s office goes out of its way to accommodate the new senators coming in,” former Senate Historian Don Ritchie told The Arizona Republic, which first reported on the prospect for Kelly taking office early a day before Ginsburg’s death. “The old senator is out of their office there. I mean, they actually literally put a lock on the door so their staff can’t go in.”

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Online Supreme Court News, AP Elections, General Election News, General Senate Election News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Arizona Senate race could play crucial role in confirmation
If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30
6:20PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Trump to Senate: Vote 'without delay' on his high court pick
President Donald Trump says his Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would “most likely” be a woman
6:08PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Nadal beaten by Schwartzman in 1st tournament in 7 months
Rafael Nadal’s first tournament in seven months has ended with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open
6:07PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
AP source: Envelope addressed to White House contained ricin
Federal officials have intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin
4:00PM ( 2 hours ago )
Ginsburg's death draws big surge of donations to Democrats
Democrats raised more than $50 million in the hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death
3:56PM ( 2 hours ago )
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, has died at her home in Washington
3:07PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
As Trump holds back, tech firms step in on election security
Lawmakers are increasingly turning to a new ally in their efforts to track foreign election interference
9:37AM ( 8 hours ago )
Walmart, Amazon among donors to QAnon-promoting lawmaker
Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to a Tennessee state lawmaker’s reelection campaign after she used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory
9:10AM ( 9 hours ago )
McConnell vows quick vote on next justice; Biden says wait
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday has cast an immediate spotlight on the vacancy on the high court, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowing to bring President Donald Trump’s nominee to a vote with just over six weeks before the election
9:08AM ( 9 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Ginsburg, a feminist icon memorialized as the Notorious RBG
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87, repeatedly showed a steely resilience in the face of personal loss and health problems
1:39AM ( 16 hours ago )
The Latest: Schumer uses McConnell words against him on RBG
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is using Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s own words to make the point that the Senate shouldn’t vote on a nominee by President Donald Trump to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
10:50PM ( 19 hours ago )
McConnell pledges quick vote on next justice; Biden says no
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday has cast an immediate spotlight on the vacancy on the high court, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowing to bring President Donald Trump’s nominee to a vote with just over six weeks before the election
10:48PM ( 19 hours ago )
AP Online Supreme Court News
Rights group: More than 300 detained at Minsk women's march
Police in the capital of Belarus have cracked down sharply on a women's protest march demanding the authoritarian president's resignation
4:05PM ( 2 hours ago )
Thai protesters' rally pushes demands for democratic reforms
Thousands of demonstrators have defied police warnings and occupied a historic field in Thailand’s capital to support the demands of a student-led protest movement for new elections and reform of the monarchy
3:08PM ( 3 hours ago )
Rights group: More than 200 women detained at Minsk protest
Police in the capital of Belarus have cracked down sharply on a women's protest march demanding the authoritarian president's resignation
1:33PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Elections
Donor cash surges to Harrison, the Democrat taking on Graham
It won’t be known until Election Day if a poll showing a tightening contest between Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democrat Jaime Harrison portends an upset, but the gains are real enough in the Democrat’s campaign account
3:58PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Exclusive: Pandemic shrinking Europe's monitor of US vote
The coronavirus pandemic has led Europe’s largest security organization to drastically scale back plans to send as many as 500 observers to the U.S. to monitor the Nov. 3 presidential election
3:31PM ( 1 day ago )
Assange lawyer says Trump offered deal to avoid extradition
A lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has told a London court that her client was indirectly offered a “win-win” deal by President Donald Trump that would see him avoid extradition to the U.S. if he revealed the source of a leak of documents from the Democratic Party ahead of the 2016 election
2:07PM ( 1 day ago )
General Election News
Comey to testify before Senate panel weeks before election
Former FBI Director James Comey is set to again testify before Congress
1:54PM ( 2 days ago )
Biden to join Senate Democrats online for lunch, questions
Joe Biden is set to join Senate Democrats for an online lunch
1:00PM ( 2 days ago )
Transgender activist wins Delaware state senate primary
Transgender activist Sarah McBride has won a Democratic state Senate primary in Delaware and is poised to make history as the first transgender person elected to the state's General Assembly
12:01AM ( 3 days ago )
General Senate Election News
Trump to Senate: Vote 'without delay' on his high court pick
President Donald Trump says his Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would “most likely” be a woman
6:08PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Nadal beaten by Schwartzman in 1st tournament in 7 months
Rafael Nadal’s first tournament in seven months has ended with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open
6:07PM ( 26 minutes ago )
The Latest: Matsuyama still in contention at U.S. Open
Hideki Matsuyama had a wild ride in his third round, yet still finds himself in contention at the U.S. Open
5:52PM ( 41 minutes ago )
Tigers manager Gardenhire announces immediate retirement
Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire announced his immediate retirement prior to their game against the Cleveland Indians
5:50PM ( 43 minutes ago )
Tropical Storm Beta spurs hurricane worries for Texas
Amid an exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season, the Texas coast is preparing for a tropical storm that could strengthen into a hurricane before breaching its shores in the days ahead
5:35PM ( 57 minutes ago )