US Democrat majority under threat

Republicans can wrest control of senate if ailing senator is replaced.

    Tim Johnson has had surgery at the George Washington University hospital

    With Johnson, Democrats, who took control of the congress from Republicans in last month's elections, would control the senate 51-49 when the 110th congress convenes on January 4.

     

    Replacement

       

    But in the event of him being replaced, South Dakota law says the state governor, Michael Rounds, who is a Republican, would name someone to finish the final two years of his six-year term. An election for a successor would be held in November 2008.

       

    If Rounds named a Republican, that would put the Senate at 50-50, with Dick Cheney, the vice-president, breaking any tie and putting Republicans in charge.

     

    The only way there would be a vacancy to fill is if Johnson died or resigned. Even if incapacitated, he could remain in office, according to the senate historian's office.

       

    Johnson was first elected to the senate in 1996 after serving as South Dakota's congressman for five terms, before being elected to the senate. He battled prostate cancer in 2004. After surgery, all tests showed him clear of the disease.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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