San Francisco Chronicle

Senate hopeful suffers stroke


Pennsylvan­ia Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the leading Democrat in the state’s high-profile Senate contest, has suffered a stroke but is on his way to a “full recovery,” his campaign said on Sunday. Fetterman, 52, said in a statement that he wasn’t feeling well Friday and went to the hospital at the urging of his wife.

“I had a stroke that was caused by a clot from my heart being in an A-fib rhythm for too long,” Fetterman said in a statement. He said the doctors were able to remove the clot, “reversing the stroke,” and got his heart under control.

“The good news is I’m feeling much better, and the doctors tell me I didn’t suffer any cognitive damage,” he says in the statement.

The revelation, which comes just two days before Pennsylvan­ia’s primary election, creates deep uncertaint­y for Democrats in a state that represents one of their best Senate pickup opportunit­ies. Fetterman said he will stay in the race.

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