GOP Senate candidate undergoes emergency surgery for ‘life threatening’ internal hernia

A tragedy almost upended the campaign of GOP Senate candidate Jason Lewis on Monday.

Lewis, a Republican running for a U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota, was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery for a “life-threatening” hernia on Monday. 

What happened?

Lewis’ campaign manager, Tom Szymanski, released a statement on Monday explaining to the public what had happened, Fox News reported.

“Early this morning, Congressman Lewis was rushed to the emergency room with severe abdominal pain,” Szymanski said. “Following tests and examinations, doctors determined that he is suffering from a severe internal hernia, a diagnosis which they indicated is life-threatening if not treated quickly.”

Accordingly, Szymanski said that Lewis had to be “rushed into emergency surgery.”

Szymanski added that “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 promised to release more information as it becomes available, and he did so later in the day on Monday after the completion of Lewis’ surgery.

“I am very pleased to report that according to Congressman Lewis’ doctor, his emergency surgery this morning to treat an internal hernia was successful and minimally invasive,” Szymanski said. “Provided that his recovery continues on a positive trajectory, doctors anticipate that he is likely to be released from the hospital in the next couple of days.”

Szymanski finished off by thanking all, on behalf of Lewis, for their “prayers and well wishes,” adding: “Let me assure you that nothing will keep Jason Lewis sidelined in his fight to protect Minnesotans from the radical left’s assault on our police officers, economy, and our Minnesota way of life.”

The race

For those unfamiliar with Lewis, that last sentence probably tells you everything that you need to know. He is a former one-term congressman who has been running against incumbent Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN). Smith was elected, back in 2018, to finish the term of former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) after his retirement.

Lewis was far behind Smith in the polls as recently as early October. But he has managed to catch up, and the race now looks like a toss-up.

If Lewis were to win, he would be the first Republican to represent Minnesota in the Senate in over a decade.

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