SD Senator's Re-Election Bid in Good Health

GOP foe aside, state rallies behind Johnson after brain hemorrhage
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Oct 23, 2008 11:36 AM CDT
Sen. Tim Johnson undergoes physical therapy at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington; the South Dakota Democrat suffered a brain hemorrhage in December 2006.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Despite efforts by his Republican challenger to raise the issue of his health, Sen. Tim Johnson looks to be comfortably ahead in his South Dakota re-election bid despite effects of a 2006 brain hemorrhage that often confine him to a wheelchair, the New York Times reports. “We’re a loyal state,” one resident said, despite his own concerns, “so people will back Johnson.”

Johnson’s opponent, a conservative state representative, says voters “want some evidence as to whether he can hold his own” since the hemorrhage. But South Dakotans seem understanding of the senator’s condition, and ready to give him the benefit of the doubt. “I don’t care what Johnson’s voice sounds like,” says one voter. “His record speaks for itself.”