Mark Kelly could be sworn into the U.S. Senate early if he wins race, experts say

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By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | Arizona Republic

If Mark Kelly defeats incumbent Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona’s high-stakes U.S. Senate race, he may not have to wait long to start work in Washington, D.C.

Two Republican and Democratic election attorneys agree that state law and Senate practices would make Kelly eligible to take over the seat once held by Sen. ohn McCain as soon as Nov. 30, when the state election results are expected to be canvassed.

If that happens, Kelly would help to narrow Republicans’ 53-47 majority in the chamber in a post-election, lame duck session when the GOP could seek to confirm President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees and pass spending packages.

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