Democratic Sen. Johnson Suffers Possible Stroke

If he should be unable to continue to serve, it could halt the scheduled Democratic takeover of the Senate. Democrats won a 51-49 majority in the November election. South Dakota’s governor, who would appoint any temporary replacement, is a Republican. A Republican replacement would result in a 50-50 tie in the Senate between the parties and Vice President Cheney would have the tie breaking vote. Should that happen conspiracy theorists will be going nuts.

There are some states that require the governor to appoint someone of the same political party that was elected. Not sure if South Dakota is one of those states or not.  

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Update: 14 December

S. Dakota’s Sen. Johnson condition is critical

WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota was recovering from surgery on Thursday and his condition was described as critical by a hospital official.

He suffered stroke-like symptoms just weeks before his party, with only a one-vote majority, was to take control of the Senate.

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