The leading Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania’s crucial U.S. Senate race suffered a stroke over the weekend.
John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor and the overwhelming favorite in Tuesday’s statewide primary went to the hospital Friday.
In a Tweet, Fetterman said that he “didn’t want to go,” but his wife insisted, and “as usual, she was right.”
As Mediaite reports:
In a statement, the candidate explained that his wife, Giselle Fetterman, recommended he be examined by a doctor after observing symptoms. He revealed the stroke was caused by a clot in his heart.
Fetterman did not address why his campaign waited two days to disclose the diagnosis publicly. He went on to say that his prognosis is good — though he is remaining in the hospital for the time being.
“The good news is I’m feeling much better and the doctors tell me I didn’t suffer any cognitive damage,” Fetterman said. “I’m well on my way to a full recovery.”
Fetterman has gained national attention for, among other things, his extremely unconventional campaign trail attire — as he typically wears shorts and a hoodie. He was the subject of a splashy New York Times feature this weekend, and recent polls showed him with nearly a 40-point lead over his nearest Democratic challenger ahead of Tuesday’s primary.