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Sen. Tim Johnson Has Stroke

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First, my thoughts and prayers are with Senator Johnson and his family. Let’s hope this is not a life-threatenting event.

Second, a statement from his office…

“Senator Tim Johnson was taken to George Washington University Hospital this afternoon suffering from a possible stroke. As this stage, he is undergoing a comprehensive evaluation by the stroke team. Further details will be forthcoming when more is known.”

Third, the control of the Senate is at stake

If Johnson were to pass away, or be forced to retire, the US Constitution delegates the task of appointing a replacement to South Dakota lawmakers, who in turn, often turn that task over to the Governor. The Governor of that state, Mike Rounds, is a Republican, and both houses of the state legislature are dominated by Republicans.

In the case of South Dakota, the decision would fall to Rounds, whose appointment would serve as senator until a special election held between 80 and 90 days after the vacancy.

The waiting game begins…