John Fetterman, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania Senate candidate, stroke victim

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

Fetterman tweeted a statement saying the doctors managed to remove the clot, reverse the stroke and “get my heart under control”. He said doctors told him he had no cognitive damage.

“I am on track for a full recovery,” Fetterman said in a statement.

Fetterman said he was still in the hospital under observation, but he said “doctors have assured me that I will be able to get back on track, but first I need to take a minute, rest and recover.”

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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who is running for the U.S. Senate Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania, greets supporters during a campaign stop, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

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“There’s so much at stake in this race, and I’m going to be ready for the tough fight ahead of me,” Fetterman said. “But our campaign isn’t slowing down one bit, and we’re still on track to win the primary on Tuesday and flip that 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. The primary is Tuesday.

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

Kenyatta tweeted Sunday that Fetterman is an “incredible family man” and “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.

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