Pennsylvania US Senate candidate Fetterman suffers stroke

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

Fetterman suffers stroke

Fetterman is at the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, according to a statement, which noted he first went to the hospital Friday.
Pennsylvania’s primary is on Tuesday, and polls show Fetterman, Pennsylvania lieutenant governor, holding a significant lead over US Rep.

Conor Lamb and state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. Fetterman, who began canceling events on Friday, said Sunday he is continuing in the race.
“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.”

He continued: “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.”
His spokesman Joe Calvello told CNN that the lieutenant governor was on his way to an event on Friday at a college in Millersville, which is near Lancaster, when his wife, Gisele, urged him to get checked out at a hospital.

“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.”
Fetterman’s campaign had not given any indication that the lieutenant governor was in the hospital and did not respond to questions about whether the illness was Covid-related.
Fetterman also canceled a handful of events on Saturday and Sunday.
Calvello said Sunday that the campaign didn’t put out information on the candidate’s condition earlier because it had been “evolving in real time since Friday.”
Fetterman’s campaign was notably mum about his absence from the campaign trail over the weekend. While they would inform reporters that events had been canceled, they would not answer questions on his condition.
Calvello added: “We wanted to put out something once we had a clearer picture of his health.”

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