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UPDATE: Jon Kyl chosen to replace McCain in US Senate

Former Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl will fill the U.S. Senate vacancy created when John McCain died last month.

Kyl retired from the Senate in 2013 after becoming the second-highest-ranking Republican senator, according to The Arizona Republic.

In announcing the appointment, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said "there is no one in Arizona with the stature of Sen. Jon Kyl" and went on to call Kyl a man without a "comparable peer." Ducey said Kyl has committed to serving through this session of Congress.

Cindy McCain, John McCain's widow, tweeted, "Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's. It's a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona."

McCain died Aug. 25 after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.