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Arizona governor's Senate pick reflects a cautious approach

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey addresses the crowd after being sworn in during inauguration ceremonies at...
FILE  - In this Aug. 29, 2018 file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and his wife Angela Ducey, follow the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., into a me...
FILE - In this June 20, 2018, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, speaks at a campaign rally in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona has developed a reputation ov...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey addresses the crowd after being sworn in during inauguration ceremonies at...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018 file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and his wife Angela Ducey, follow the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., into a me...

FILE - In this June 20, 2018, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, speaks at a campaign rally in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona has developed a reputation ov...

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has developed a reputation as one of the country's political flashpoints, with debates over immigration, rambunctious populists and a divided GOP.

First-term Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who has navigated the state's political waters with a buttoned-down approach, became the focus of national attention this week following the death of Sen. John McCain.

The onetime chief executive officer of ice cream chain Cold Stone Creamery on Tuesday named former Sen. Jon Kyl to temporarily fill the vacancy.

The move was a big win for conservatives, with the GOP only retaining a two-vote majority in the Senate as confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh looms.

But it also was a relatively safe pick that won't stir up much controversy within party ranks, in line with the way Ducey has governed.