Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman won the Democratic nomination for a major seat in the U.S. Senate the same day he underwent a procedure to implant a pacemaker after a stroke.
Mr Fetterman received the news while in hospital and said he was back from the procedure and resting as he thanked voters.
“I just came out of a procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator in my heart. We have clear that it was successful and that I am on track for a full recovery,” he tweeted Tuesday evening.
“Thank you yinz for the well wishes – it means the world to me. Now back to rest + recover!” he added.
US President Joe Biden congratulated Mr Fetterman in a statement, saying his election to the Senate would be “a major step forward for the working population of Pennsylvania.”
“Democrats are united around John, who is a strong candidate, will drive a tough race and can win in November,” Biden said.
“Thank you so much for making me your Democratic nominee. Thank you for everything PA,” Mr Fetterman wrote in a tweet.
Mr Fetterman was absent from election night because he was undergoing a procedure at the hospital. He confirmed he had suffered a stroke on Friday and was being treated at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital.
“I wasn’t feeling well but was so focused on the campaign that I ignored the signals and just kept going. It finally caught up with me on Friday. I had a stroke caused by a clot from my heart that was in an A-fib rhythm for too long,” he said in a statement, adding that doctors removed the clot.
His wife Gisele Fetterman attended the nighttime event on his behalf and spoke to a cheering crowd after he was expected to win. She assured them that he was recovering well and that “doctors can act quickly and John will be back on his feet soon”.
Mr. Fetterman will face a GOP candidate in November.
Currently, the Republican field is split between Donald Trump-approved TV wellness celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz, former hedge fund manager David McCormick and conservative political commentator Kathy Barnette.
Mr Fetterman, who prefers shorts and hoodies to suits, said in a fundraising email for supporters: “If you’ll allow me to be brutally honest, 2022 will be a tough year for Democrats . A typical Democrat running a typical campaign will not win.”
Mr Fetterman has secured his party’s nomination after beating Central US Congresswoman Conor Lamb and State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta.
During his campaign, he raised large sums of money and used his brand awareness across the state to cement his position for a seat that is especially important to Democrats because it is an opportunity to take a spot previously held by a Democrat. Republican was occupied.
Democrats still have a tough road ahead of them, though, as the Republican party still holds an edge in most general vote polls for November.
Meanwhile, in another closely watched primary race, North Carolina Congresswoman Madison Cawthorn has admitted defeat to a rival Republican after a string of scandals, according to media reports.
Cawthorn was backed by former President Donald Trump.
Another Trump-backed candidate, U.S. representative Ted Budd, won the state’s nomination for the Republican U.S. Senate.
He will take on Cheri Beasley, former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, who wants to make history by becoming North Carolina’s first black senator.