John Fetterman, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Running for Senate, Suffers Stroke

Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman, who is running for Senate in Tuesday’s primary, said Sunday that he suffered a stroke on Friday.

Fetterman tweeted a statement saying doctors were able to remove the clot, reversing the stroke and “got my heart under control”. He said that doctors told him that he did not suffer any cognitive damage.

“I am well on the way to a full recovery,” Fetterman said in a statement.

Fetterman said he is still in the hospital for observation, but said “doctors have assured me I’ll be able to get back on the road, but first I need to take a minute, get some rest and recover.”

Election 2022 Pennsylvania Senate
Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, who is running for the Democratic nomination for the US Senate from Pennsylvania, waves to supporters at a campaign stop, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

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“The stakes are high in this race and I’m going to be ready for the tough fight ahead,” Fetterman said. “But our campaign isn’t slowing down one bit, and we’re still on track to win the primary on Tuesday and win this Senate seat in November.”

Fetterman is running for the Democratic nomination for the open Senate seat, facing Rep. Conor Lamb and state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. Primary is Tuesday.

Lamb tweeted Sunday that he and his wife are “keeping John and his family in our prayers and wishing him a speedy and full recovery.”

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