Arizona’s longtime senator, John McCain, passed away on Saturday.

Arizona’s governor has now been tasked with choosing McCain’s successor, a decision which will no doubt affect the future of his state for a long time.

The two Senatorial candidates who are most likely to be chosen by the governor represent vastly different ideologies. One candidate has been backed by the late Senator McCain. The other, however, supports President Donald Trump.

Gov. Doug Ducey has stated that he will not appoint a new Senator until memorial services for McCain have concluded. Ducey’s statement read:

Out of respect for the life and legacy of Senator John McCain and his family, Governor Ducey will not be making any announcements about an appointment until after the senator is laid to rest.”

Ducey’s decision is highly anticipated, as it is set come soon after Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Sources close to the governor have stated that Ducey intends to pick someone who could potentially run for re-election in 2020.

McCain’s supporters want his replacement to think just as freely as did the late senator. One of the McCain’s last public actions was to call President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president.”

However, some of Arizona’s conservative legislators would rather have a Trump-supporting senator in office.

Ducey has exercised caution when addressing the topic of McCain’s successor. Ducey’s decision could very result in a challenger to the Trump administration.

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