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SD Sen. Johnson may announce resignation

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Will Senator Tim Johnson seek a fourth term or will he retire?
Democratic officials are leaning toward the latter.
 
If so, Johnson would become the fifth senate democrat to call it quits.

He faces a potentially difficult challenge from popular Republican Gov. Mike Rounds and is still coping with the constraints of a 2006 brain hemorrhage that left his speech impaired and limited his mobility.

Political consultant Jody Severson says Johnson's departure opens the door to a few options in 2014.
 
"It's a little too early to know exactly what will happen but you have the prospect of a primary on the republican side between Mike Rounds and Kristi Noem.  And right now, I wouldn't bet that either one has an overwhelming advantage going into that primary.  If it's a knockdown, drag out primary, then you will have the prospect that the democrats might be able to hang on to that seat," said Severson.
 
Johnson is chairman of the senate banking committee.
And he's the fifth democrat to decide to step aside at the end of the term, as have two republicans.
The gop must gain six seats in 2014 to win a majority.
Senator Johnson will hold his press conference at 2:00 p.m. Mountain time at his alma mater, the University of South Dakota.

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