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Democratic Senate Candidate Suffers Stroke, But Says He’s Feeling Good And ‘On My Way To Full Recovery’

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John Fetterman

Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, the favorite to win Pennsylvania’s US Senate contest, announced Sunday that he’s recovering after a mild stroke, CNN reports.

Fetterman is at the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He first went to the hospital on Friday after, the news network reported.

“I wasn’t feeling well, so I went to the hospital to get checked out,” Fetterman said in the statement. “I didn’t want to go — I didn’t think I had to — but Gisele insisted, and as usual, she was right.”

“I had a stroke that was caused by a clot from my heart being in an A-fib rhythm for too long,” he said, adding, “I’m feeling much better, and the doctors tell me I didn’t suffer any cognitive damage. I’m well on my way to a full recovery.”

“Our campaign isn’t slowing down one bit, and we are still on track to win this primary on Tuesday, and flip this Senate seat in November,” he said, according to CNN.

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, one of Fetterman’s opponents, responded to the news Sunday, saying he and his wife, Hayley, “are keeping John and his family in our prayers and wishing him a full and speedy recovery.”

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyattaalso responded to the news, saying: “As I said at the first debate, John is an incredible family man. My prayers are with him and his family as he recovers from this stroke. I look forward to seeing him back on the campaign trail soon!”

The Pennsylvania primary is on Tuesday, and polls show Fetterman, Pennsylvania lieutenant governor, holding a significant lead over Lamb and Kenyatta.

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