VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – Former U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has been named as a possible successor to retiring South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson, but she is declining to say whether she will run for the post.
Herseth Sandlin told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she appreciates the encouragement she’s received but added, “I haven’t focused on the future political opportunities.”
The 66-year-old Johnson announced his retirement to reporters in his hometown of Vermillion.
Another possible successor discussed by South Dakota Democrats is Johnson’s son, Brendan Johnson, the state’s U.S. attorney. The senator says he hasn’t “discussed in detail” who might follow him.
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