Minnesota GOP Senate candidate undergoing emergency surgery

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Minnesota Republican Jason Lewis, the party’s nominee for Senate, was rushed into emergency surgery Monday to fix a severe internal hernia, his campaign announced in a statement.

Lewis, a former one-term congressman, is running against Democratic Sen. Tina Smith, who is running for a full term after winning a special election in 2018. Lewis’ campaign manager said in a statement Monday morning that Lewis was rushed to the hospital with severe abdominal pain, and doctors determined it required immediate surgery.

"Following tests and examination, doctors determined that he is suffering from a severe internal hernia, a diagnosis which they indicated is life-threatening if not treated quickly," said Tom Szymanski, Lewis’ campaign manager. "As such, Congressman Lewis was rushed into emergency surgery which he is now undergoing.

"Prior to being taken to the operating room, Jason was in good spirits, optimistic, and true to form, he was speculating about when he could resume campaigning, eager to continue fighting for his fellow Minnesotans," Szymanski added. He said the campaign would release more information as it became available.

In a post on Twitter, Smith said she and her husband, Archie, "are wishing Jason Lewis a successful surgery and a speedy recovery."

Lewis was defeated for reelection to his House seat in 2018 but faced little opposition to becoming the party’s nominee to face Smith, who was appointed in 2018 to fill Al Franken’s former seat.

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