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Arizona Senate race could play crucial role in confirmation

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly, Mike Fincke
Election 2020 Pence
Posted at 5:07 PM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 20:07:54-04

PHOENIX (AP) — If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30.

A Kelly victory would shrink the GOP's Senate majority at a crucial moment and complicate 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 the late John McCain.

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.

Key Dates and Deadlines in Arizona

October, 7: Early voting begins
October, 15: Voter registration deadline
October, 23: Request absentee ballot deadline
October, 27: Latest recommended mail-in date
November, 3: In-person voting
November, 3 @ 7pm: Absentee ballot delivered by date