Friends said Sen. John McCain planned to retire when his term expired in 2022 and he had begun to think about who he would like to replace him when he left office.
"He's always been someone who encouraged participation in politics, especially in the Republican Party with minorities, women. I think a Hispanic woman would have been his pick for a successor if he had lived long enough to have the opportunity," said Rick Davis, McCain's presidential campaign manager and family spokesman.
Names ranging from Cindy McCain, to Jon Kyl, to Eileen Klein have been making the rounds in the rumor mill, but Gov. Doug Ducey has not indicated who he will appoint.
He did say earlier this year that anybody who lobbied him or his staff for the position would not be considered.
Whomever Ducey appoints will serve until 2020. Then Arizonans will vote for someone to fill out the end of McCain's term.