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    Focus Falls on McCain’s Vacant Seat

    Following Sen. John McCain’s death Saturday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey faces the daunting task of filling the famous statesman’s congressional seat. Yesterday Ducey said he won’t appoint a successor — who will have major implications for Washington’s delicate political balance — until after a series of memorial services this week. Yet while many Americans are remembering McCain as a hero, his legacy is quickly fading in the race for Arizona’s other Senate seat: All three Republican candidates are courting President Donald Trump’s populist base and distancing themselves from the celebrated senator.

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