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Suit seeking election for Arizona US Senate seat dismissed

June 28, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to require Arizona’s governor to call a snap special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Martha McSally.

The lawsuit filed by a small group of voters alleged that Gov. Doug Ducey deprived them of the right to vote by waiting until 2020 to hold an election to permanently fill the seat vacated upon Sen. John McCain’s August 2018 death.

The suit claimed several constitutional violations. U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa (hoo-mee-TEE’-wah) rejected all the challenges in a decision filed late Thursday.

Humetewa’s ruling said the governor followed the U.S. Constitution’s provisions allowing state Legislatures to decide how to temporarily fill Senate vacancies.

Ducey appointed McSally in December after his initial choice, Sen. Jon Kyl, resigned.

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