Fetterman suffers stroke days ahead of Pennsylvania Senate primary

Pennsylvania Lt. Governor and Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman on Sunday said he had suffered a stroke late last week but was on the way to “a full recovery.”

“On Friday, I wasn’t feeling well, so I went to the hospital to get checked out,” Fetterman said in a statement released from Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital.

“I hadn’t been feeling well, but was so focused on the campaign that I ignored the signs and just kept going. On Friday it finally caught up with me. I had a stroke that was caused by a clot from my heart being in an A-fib rhythm for too long,” he explained. 

“The good news is I’m feeling much better, and the doctors tell me I didn’t suffer any cognitive damage. I’m well on my way to a full recovery,” Fetterman added.

Fetterman also said that his campaign “isn’t slowing down one bit” ahead of the primary election on Tuesday and general election in November. 

A poll from last week showed Fetterman had majority support in the Democratic Senate primary. While he had 53 percent support, his opponent, Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), had just 14 percent. 

In the first quarter of 2022, Fetterman’s campaign raised $3.1 million, with more than 106,000 donations from 58,000 unique donors.