The Arizona Senate has finished voting on a bill granting the president the power to carry out war without congressional approval — all in an attempt to avert a potential constitutional crisis. If the bill passes, the state House will select the winner from a field of 13 senators who are vying for the Republican nomination.

The seating plan is being pulled together by Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who must face a primary election in a GOP primary in 2019. It has been coupled with legislation to repeal federal health care laws, but it does not require a vote in Congress to repeal.

Sources say the governor has already begun designing the seating plan, who is paying for the move, and how long the decision should take. A source close to the campaign told Politico, “All the contenders are talking about the seating plan… They all want a space in the state senate.”

The Arizona Capitol Times reports there are eight candidates vying for the right to be put in the state senate. It is unknown how many seats will be filled based on the final vote tally.

According to KSAZ, former state representative Peggy McClure and former state party chairman Marsha Lozman are the top two candidates.

Randy Bradley, who said he was appointed to the state senate’s position in January and is currently raising money, is a frontrunner. A source close to Bradley’s campaign said “Bradley is a strong candidate.”

“Bradley was really moved by the need to protect the children of our state. He’s someone we’ve wanted in the state senate for a long time,” said state senator Don Shooter, chairman of the Republican Party.

Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, shared the thoughts of the contenders when asked if there is a clear path to victory in the House.

“Hopefully the Senate will accept the people of Arizona when they give them their vote. They are coming to understand that it’s a huge responsibility.”

Earlier in September, the Daily Mail reported that a trio of candidates, Republican Ron Gould, a state senator-elect, and incumbent state senator Doug Whipple, are competing to be the state’s next senator-elect.

Gould’s campaign website posted a business card that features an apt description.

“Ron is the guiding force of our organization. He is selfless and fearless, a true champion for local business and communities. Ron is not only a leader but a passionate friend. He is thoughtful, focused and tenacious, but most importantly – straightforward.”

Whipple’s campaign website is “for people.” A prominent issue that could make or break the outcome of the race is the competitive quality of the four candidates vying for the seat.

Whipple released a statement in response to the possibility of a seat being opened up:

“We’re reaching out to folks on all sides to tell them what they can do to make sure the Arizona Senate doesn’t open up under a cloud. I have had a lot of folks send their candidacies; I believe a Republican ticket can win in November.”

A new poll of likely Republican voters showed Whipple with a four-point lead over Gould — 53 percent to 43 percent — while a robo-poll gave Gould a one-point lead over Gould, 41 percent to 42 percent.

Poll director Chris Jones had a couple questions for Mr. Whipple before releasing his poll.

“Are they offering anyone in the race for Governor or other offices other than Senate seat, or are they keeping those folks out and making the race honest and transparent, i.e. allow them to have some really valuable time in the polls?”

Aside from Whipple, an open seat in the California Senate has also prompted a push to elect to the California State Senate.

Should this happen, the winner would be likely to set up the first female to hold the state senate’s chairmanship.

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