VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson says it’ll be “strange” to not have an election looming.
Johnson told reporters Tuesday that he won’t run for any office in 2014. Asked what it will be like to not have an election looming, he said it’ll be odd.
Johnson said, “I’ve run for elections 36 years in a row, and it’s now time to give it up.”
He added with a laugh, “I’m certain I can get over it.”
Johnson also joked that his wife wanted him to run again but that he refused.
Johnson spoke slowly and acknowledged that a 2006 brain hemorrhage has affected his health. He said it’s time to move on to spend more time with his six grandchildren “in the state we love.”
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