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"I think he provides a moderate balance politically to the state," said Mike Crane of Sioux Falls. "I think he has the best interest of the citizenry at heart."
In a shaking voice, she called on South Dakotans for their prayers. At the time, Herseth said she believed the senator had suffered a severe stroke.
A Capitol Police black Suburban pulled up in the driveway to the emergency room during the afternoon. Several television cameras were also set up outside the hospital's Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine.
Back in Sioux Falls, some residents expressed disbelief. All hoped for the best.
Gov. Mike Rounds said "our prayers are with Tim, Barbara and their family."
visible sign of Johnson's stature at a time when Democrats hold a razor thin margin.
But a team of stroke specialists evaluated him and doctors continued tests late in the day, said Admiral John Eisold, attending physician of the United States Capitol.
Fisher said Wednesday evening that Johnson had not experienced a stroke or heart attack. New Balance 996 Mens Black
But if Johnson's illness proves severe enough that he must leave office, Rounds would appoint a replacement, and if he named a Republican, it would leave a 50 50 tie. Republican Vice President Dick Cheney would cast the tie breaking votes, shifting power in the Senate back to the GOP.
The White House also issued a statement wishing him a speedy recovery.
In Sioux Falls, Rep. Stephanie Herseth announced at an afternoon meeting that Cheap New Balance 574
As of late Wednesday, doctors had not released an official diagnosis.
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Sen. Johnson had been taken to a hospital.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Senator Johnson and his family," said White House spokesman Alex Conant.
Sen. Senate, remained hospitalized early today after suffering stroke like symptoms, a sudden illness that could potentially change the balance of power in Washington.
"We are hopeful of good news for our friend and colleague," Rounds said.
Johnson, 59, was rushed to George Washington University Hospital Wednesday after he became disoriented during a late morning conference call with reporters.
Johnson's wife Barbara was with her husband all afternoon, Fisher said. She had been at the Capitol to attend a luncheon with him and was there when he became ill. The couple's sons were flying into Washington, Fisher said.
Sen. John Thune and his wife Kimberley said: "Our prayers are with Senator Johnson and his family during this difficult time. We encourage all South Dakotans to keep him and his family in their thoughts and prayers."
After the Nov. 7 election, Democrats earned a 51 to 49 edge in the Senate, which convenes Jan. 4.
Rounds did not comment on the matter, but he does have a history to suggest he might make such a move. In 2002, after Democratic state Sen. Dick Hagen of Pine Ridge died, Rounds appointed a Republican to replace him.
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada was by Johnson's side at the hospital, a New Balance Silver 996
Sioux Falls Mayor Dave Munson, who was at the Sioux Falls water meeting, said "I'm really saddened by this. Our prayers go out to the senator and his family. This has really taken me by surprise."
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