Mark Kelly: Arizona Senate race winner should be sworn in 'promptly'

Democratic Arizona Senate candidate Mark KellyMark KellyBipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor Poll: Two-thirds of AZ Democratic voters back primary challenge to Sinema over filibuster The Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics MORE said Wednesday the winner of the election should be sworn in as soon as possible in accordance with the law as the battle heats up on Capitol Hill over a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgMississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade 10 books that take readers inside the lives of American leaders No reason to pack the court MORE

“Regardless of who wins, once the vote is certified here in Arizona, in accordance with the law, that person should be promptly seated to work for Arizonans," Kelly said on ABC's “The View."

"They're concerned about health care, pre-existing conditions. They're concerned about protecting Social Security and Medicare. So in accordance with the law, when the election is done, I think it's important that if I was to win that I get sworn,” he added. 


Arizona Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallySchumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up GOP group launches million ad campaign pressing Kelly on filibuster Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE is one of the most vulnerable GOP senators facing reelection, and Kelly has led the Republican incumbent in recent polls leading up to Election Day. The race is a special election to fill the remainder the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices Biden nominates Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey MORE’s (R) term through 2022. 

It's one of the most winnable seats for Democrats looking to win back control of the Senate, especially in light of the battle over filling the Supreme Court vacancy created by Ginsburg's death last week.  

Election law stipulates that if Kelly wins the election in Arizona, he could be sworn in as early as Nov. 30, six weeks ahead of when the winners of other races around the country would be, The New York Times noted last week

Senate Republicans have largely voiced support for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellS.E. Cupp: 'The politicization of science and health safety has inarguably cost lives' Poll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat  Business groups urge lawmakers to stick with bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE’s (R-Ky.) push to hold a vote on President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE's nominee to replace Ginsburg, despite the justice dying less than two months ahead of Election Day. It’s become a key issue in close Senate races, including in Arizona, as McSally has joined the GOP in pushing to vote on Trump’s nominee before the end of the year. 

Democrats are calling Republicans hypocritical, noting that in 2016 they blocked then-President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandBiden administration moves to withdraw death penalty requests in seven cases Federal gun trafficking strike forces launched in five cities Garland restricting DOJ contact with White House officials MORE to replace the conservative Justice Antonin Scalia who died about 10 months before the year's election.