John Fetterman, Senate Candidate for Pennsylvania, Suffers Stroke

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    The Facts

    • Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has been hospitalized following a stroke, just two days before the state's primary election.

    • The democratic candidate tweeted that doctors were able to remove a blood clot and stabilize his heart. He also stated that he didn't suffer any cognitive damage.

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    The race to replace Pennsylvania's retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is one of the Dem's most significant electoral opportunities. Although this is a bump in the road, Fetterman is ready to fight in this high-stakes race.

    Republican narrative

    The revelation has created a cloud of uncertainty for the Democrats. Fetterman's imposing stature is a large part of his political appeal - a showing of physical weakness may boost the Republican party's chances in Pennsylvania.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 75% chance that the GOP will control the US Senate after the 2022 election, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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