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Herseth Sandlin might decide soon on US Senate run

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says she expects to decide soon whether to run for the South Dakota U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson.

The former Democratic congresswoman tells the Argus Leader newspaper that she's seriously considering a run, and is being encouraged by both state and national Democrats.

The 42-year-old Herseth Sandlin served in the U.S. House from 2004 through 2011. She says she hopes to decide on whether to make a Senate run "in the upcoming weeks."

The 66-year-old Johnson announced last month that he will retire next year at the end of his third Senate term.

Former Gov. Mike Rounds is the only announced Republican candidate for Johnson's seat. Current Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is undecided on a possible run.