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Here's What Happens to John McCain's Senate Seat

Here's What Happens to John McCain's Senate Seat

The senator's passing marked the end of a storied, 35-year political career that brought the independent-minded Republican within reach of the White House as his party's presidential nominee.

He was admitted earlier that month to Walter Reed National Military Center for treatment of side effects from chemotherapy and radiation to beat glioblastoma, a terminal and aggressive form of brain cancer.

McCain, who had been receiving treatment in his home state of Arizona, was surrounded by his wife Cindy and his family during his final hours. We send our condolences to his four children, his wife Cindy, and the entire McCain family. The statement in part read, "Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the a year ago, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John's many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers".

Afterward, McCain spent much of his time in Arizona undergoing treatment and resting. McCain took some time off to fight the disease but continued chairing the influential Senate Armed Services Committee.

Former president George W. Bush called McCain's voice "so vibrant, it's hard to think of [him] stilled".

McCain was born on August 29, 1936, at an American naval installation in the Panama Canal Zone - U.S. territory at the time - when his father was stationed there.

McCain ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, then won it in 2008 before losing the general election to Obama. "And I will miss him dearly".

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The flags at the Arizona Capitol were lowered to half staff in McCain's honor Saturday evening.

Schumer said McCain was a "truly great [person]" and that "his dedication to his country and the military were unsurpassed, and maybe most of all, he was a truth teller - never afraid to speak truth to power in an era where that has become all too rare".

Ten years later, McCain would once again seek the presidency, this time winning the GOP nomination in 2008 in what would turn out to be one of the most historic campaigns in US history.

In 1967, his plane was shot down on a bombing mission over North Vietnam.

"Senator McCain was a patriot and a hero, whose life was defined by his service and sacrifice on behalf of our country", said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

US President Donald Trump might not be invited for John McCain's funeral, Reuters reported citing sources.

- In Congress, McCain was a pro-business conservative, free-market advocate and abortion foe but he voted against the Republican majority on several high-profile bills. He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country. State law does not require that an election for a vacant Senate seat take place this year, says Eric Spencer, director of election services for the Arizona Secretary of State. For as long as I can remember, Senator McCain struggled to raise his arms above his shoulder, a fact we'd forgotten when coming up with the Akubra as our gift.


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