Inside Politics: Johnson to leave Congress after winning primary

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Veteran U.S. Rep. Timothy V. Johnson intends to drop his bid for a seventh term and retire, a Republican official said Wednesday.

Mr. Johnson is expected to make a public announcement of his decision Thursday, said a Republican official who spoke directly with Mr. Johnson but would confirm the decision only on the condition of anonymity.

The reason for the 65-year-old Mr. Johnson’s decision was not clear, but the official said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Mr. Johnson is just two weeks removed from a primary victory over two candidates in the new 13th Congressional District, and he was considered a strong candidate for re-election in November despite a new congressional district map drawn by Illinois Democrats.

A replacement candidate would be chosen by county officials from the congressional district. David Gill of Bloomington won the Democratic nomination.

SOUTH DAKOTA

1972 presidential nominee McGovern hospitalized for tests

SIOUX FALLS — Former South Dakota senator and Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern has been hospitalized in Florida, his daughter said Wednesday.

Ann McGovern told the Associated Press her 89-year-old father was admitted to Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, Fla., on Tuesday evening for tests to figure out why he occasionally passes out and loses his ability to speak, she said.

“He’s comfortable. The tests are continuing to see if they can determine what’s causing this,” Ms. McGovern said.

Hospital officials said Mr. McGovern is in stable condition. The 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, who splits his time between Florida and South Dakota, has been hospitalized several times in recent months, including for exhaustion.

South Dakota Democratic Party Chairman Ben Nesselhuf said Mr. McGovern looked great, gave a 20-minute speech and was in good spirits when he attended the party’s annual fundraiser, named in his honor, last weekend in Sioux Falls.

“Toward the end of the weekend, I think he was getting a little tired,” he said.

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