A Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Minnesota was rushed to the hospital on Monday after he experienced what his staff called “severe abdominal pain” during what was otherwise a normal workday.
According to the Daily Wire, former GOP lawmaker Jason Lewis (R-MN) underwent emergency surgery on Monday after being diagnosed with a potentially deadly condition known as a “severe internal hernia.”
Luckily for Lewis, his family, and his supporters in The North Star State, the Senate candidate underwent successful surgery. Lewis’ campaign manager, Tom Syzmanski, issued fantastic news of the candidate’s recovery to the press in a Monday afternoon statement.
“I am pleased to report that according to Congressman Lewis’ doctor, his emergency surgery this morning to treat an internal hernia was successful and minimally invasive,” Syzmanski wrote. He added that the former Congressman will likely be released sometime within the next few days, assuming Lewis’ “recovery continues on a positive trajectory.”
The statement also said that despite the momentary setback, that Lewis’ campaign for a Senate seat would carry on.
“In the meantime, our campaign isn’t missing a beat & the fight to restore Minnesota’s economy, protect our police & defend the Constitution rolls on,” the statement read.
Lewis received a number of positive “get well” messages from his supporters through social media, including a message from the Minnesota Republican Party, who wished the Congressman a speedy recovery.
Notably, he also received a similar message from his Democrat competitor, Tina Smith, who said via Twitter, “Archie and I are wishing Jason Lewis a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.”
Lewis is locked in a fierce battle to become Minnesota’s first Republican senator since 2009. A Lewis win would be a massive victory for the GOP at a time when, according to polling from around the country, many Republican senators are facing tougher-than-anticipated battles to hold their seats and, in turn, a majority in the upper chamber.
The Real Clear Politics rolling average for the race has the Minnesota Republican at the most favorable position he’s held against Smith in recent months, with Smith only 5.8 points ahead. Just last week, Smith was leading Lewis with a somewhat-comfortable 8.3 point lead.