IMAGE: Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D.
Dirk Lammers  /  AP
Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., has made the decision to run for re-election while continuing his recovery from a brain hemorrhage.
updated 10/19/2007 5:10:53 PM ET 2007-10-19T21:10:53

As he continues his recovery from a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson is making plans to run for re-election next year.

In a campaign e-mail, the Democrat said it's clear to his doctors, his family and himself that he's "able to do the hard work required of a United States senator."

Johnson is still undergoing speech and physical therapy. His right side is weak, and he gets around the Senate in a motorized wheelchair.

His decision to run again is good news for his party, since prominent Republicans have been reluctant to challenge Johnson.

Five Republican senators have said they will retire next year, giving Democrats a chance to expand their narrow majority.

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