Ballard Spahr Partner Joseph A. Kanefield explained the timeframe allowed for U.S. Senate candidates to collect signatures for a special election in the event of a vacancy. ARS 16-202 requires notice of which offices will be on the primary election ballot to be provided at least 120 days before the election. For a special election to be held this year for Senator McCain's seat, he would have to resign before April 30.

"Of course, this is all academic per Cindy McCain's tweet," said Ballard Spahr Partner Joseph A. Kanefield, referring to the Thursday tweet, where Cindy McCain said her husband has "no intention of resigning."

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