The leading Democratic Pennsylvania Senate candidate, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, will receive a pacemaker after suffering a stroke this weekend, his campaign said Tuesday.
The procedure will take place as voters cast their ballots in the high-profile Senate primary for the chance to run in the general election. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) is retiring, opening up the seat.
STROKE-RIDDEN FETTERMAN POISED TO WIN PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRATIC SENATE NOMINATION
NEWS: John Fetterman's Senate campaign team says he is about to undergo a procedure after having a stroke last week— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) May 17, 2022
This, on the day of the Pennsylvania primary pic.twitter.com/XQPP3ZBQik
Fetterman appears poised to become the Democratic nominee, polling far ahead of Rep. Conor Lamb. Fetterman is a former mayor of Braddock, in western Pennsylvania, and was elected lieutenant governor in 2018. Fetterman announced Sunday that he suffered a stroke caused by a blood clot in his heart and that he is on the mend and eager to return to the campaign.
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The top candidates on the Republican side, celebrity Mehmet Oz, conservative commentator Kathy Barnette, and businessman David McCormick are locked in a three-way battle. Both parties are eyeing the race in November in their respective quests for a Senate majority. Democrats have a majority in the 50-50 chamber due to Vice President Kamala Harris's tiebreaking vote.