Pennsylvania: John Fetterman Wins Democratic Nomination for Senate Seat on Day He Gets Pacemaker Fitted

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman won the Democratic nomination for a key US Senate seat on the same day he underwent a pacemaker procedure after suffering a stroke.

Fetterman received the news while in the hospital and said he had returned from the procedure and was resting as he thanked voters.

“I just got out of a procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator in my heart. We are clear that it was a success and that I am on my way to a full recovery,” he tweeted Tuesday night.

“Thank you yinz for the well wishes, it means a lot to me. Now let’s go back to rest + recover!” she added.

US President Joe Biden congratulated Fetterman in a statement, saying electing him to the Senate “would be a huge step forward for working-class Pennsylvania.”

“Democrats are united around John, who is a strong candidate, will run a tough race and can win in November,” Biden said.

“Thank you so much for making me your Democratic candidate. Thanks for everything PA,” Fetterman wrote in a tweet.

Fetterman was absent from the election night event while undergoing a procedure at the hospital. He confirmed having suffered a stroke on Friday and receiving treatment at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital.

“I wasn’t feeling well, but I was so focused on the campaign that I ignored the signs and kept going. Friday finally caught up with me. I had a stroke caused by a clot in my heart that was in an atrial fibrillation rhythm for too long,” he said in a statement, adding that doctors removed the clot.

His wife, Gisele Fetterman, attended the evening event on his behalf and spoke to a cheering crowd after he was projected to win. She assured them that she was recovering well and that “doctors were able to act quickly, and John will be on the mend in no time.”

Gisele Fetterman, wife of Democratic US Senate candidate John Fetterman, speaks to supporters after her husband’s victory.

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Fetterman will face a Republican candidate in November.

Currently, the Republican field is divided between Donald Trump-endorsed TV wellness celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz, former hedge fund executive David McCormick and conservative political commentator Kathy Barnette.

Fetterman, who favors shorts and hoodies over suits, said in a fundraising email to supporters: “If I may be brutally honest for a second, 2022 is going to be a tough year for Democrats. A typical Democrat running a typical campaign is not going to win.”

Fetterman secured his party’s nomination after defeating centrist US Congressman Conor Lamb and state Representative Malcolm Kenyatta.

During his campaign, he raised large sums of money and used his statewide name recognition to solidify his position for a seat that is especially important to Democrats because it represents an opportunity to fill a position previously held by a Republican.

The Democrats, however, still have a rough road ahead of them, as the GOP still holds a lead in most generic ballot polls for November.

Meanwhile, in another closely watched primary race, North Carolina Congresswoman Madison Cawthorn conceded defeat to a Republican challenger after a series of scandals, according to media reports.

Cawthorn had been endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Another Trump-backed candidate, US Rep. Ted Budd, won the state’s Republican US Senate nomination.

She will be facing off against former Democratic state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, who is seeking to make history by becoming North Carolina’s first black senator.

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