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Senate in 1996, easily won a third term in 2008. That race was significant because it came two years after Johnson suffered a near fatal brain hemorrhage. He sometimes slurs his speech and needs a motorized scooter to get around Capitol Hill.
Story HighlightsSouth Dakota senator to reveal plans TuesdayDemocrats have 21 seats to defend in 2014 vs. 14 for RepublicansObama lost seven states now held by Democratic senators that are up in 2014
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When Rounds announced his Senate campaign, Johnson said he intended to put together "a winning campaign."
Johnson, 66, was already being targeted for defeat by Republicans. Former governor Mike Rounds announced his intention to run in November, shortly after Obama lost South Dakota by 18 percentage New Balance 996 Blue Suede points.
An open seat in South Dakota would be coveted by both parties, especially Republicans who need a six seats to win the majority. Johnson would be the fifth Democrat to not seek re election in 2014. Two Republicans have already announced their retirements.
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Johnson, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is set to make a formal announcement about his political future Tuesday at the University of South Dakota, his alma mater.
The Associated Press reported Johnson's decision, citing unnamed Democratic officials. Reuters was the first Monday to report the retirement, saying it came from unnamed sources "close to the matter and Capitol Hill staffers" in its report.
Democrats have a 55 45 voting edge in the Senate. Obama's party has 21 Senate seats to New Balance 996 Revlite
defend in 2014, including in seven states that voted for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney last November. Republicans will defend 14 seats.
On the Republican side, Rep. Kristi Noem has not ruled out a race. It would be the first time since 1978 that there has been an open Senate seat in South Dakota.
Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota has reportedly decided not to seek re election in 2014, which will spark a wide open battle for the seat in a state President Obama lost last year.
The other states carried by Romney where Democrats hold Senate seats are West Virginia, Louisiana, Alaska, Montana, Arkansas and North Carolina. Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia was the first Democrat to announce his retirement. In the other GOP leaning states, the Democratic senators there have either formally launched their re election bids or have started raising campaign money, another sign they want to run again.
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