Leading Dem. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Undergoing Surgery For Pacemaker Following Stroke

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov John Fetterman (D) is undergoing surgery to implant a pacemaker with defibrillator Tuesday afternoon according to a statement by his Senate campaign. Fetterman, 52, who was leading in polls before today’s election, suffered a stroke last Friday from a blood clot due to atrial fibrillation. His campaign posted a photo of Fetterman filling out an emergency absentee ballot in his hospital room before the operation was announced.

“John Fetterman is about to undergo a standard procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator. It should be a short procedure that will help protect his heart and address the underlying cause of his stroke, atrial fibrillation (A-fib), by regulating his heart rate and rhythm.”

Photo of Fetterman filling out a ballot released Tuesday:

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Video released Sunday from the hospital.

A poll released May 5 showed Fetterman ahead of Congressman Conor Lamb 53 percent to 14 percent in the Democrat primary.