Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is recovering from heart surgery. His campaign announced Wednesday that Sanders would be canceling engagements "until further notice" and that additional updates would be forthcoming.
What are the details?
In a statement, Sanders campaign senior adviser Jeff Weaver said:
During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders experienced some chest discomfort. Following medical evaluation and testing, he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted. Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days. We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.
.@BernieSanders canceling campaign events as he recovers from heart blockage. Senior adviser Jeff Weaver explains: https://t.co/g102kvaaD8— Jeff Zeleny (@Jeff Zeleny)1570027303.0
This announcement comes just a day after Sanders's campaign revealed that he had raised an impressive $25 million in the third quarter of 2019, up more than $7 million from last quarter.
Sanders is currently polling in third place (16.7 percent), according to the Real Clear Politics average of presidential polls, behind former Vice President Joe Biden (26.1percent) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)(24.4 percent). Those three frontrunners hold a significant lead over the remaining candidates (South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is next with 5.6 percent, followed by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) with 4.7 and Andrew Yang with 3.3).
If Sanders were to win the presidency, he would be the oldest candidate to do so. To date, the oldest person to win a presidential election was Ronald Reagan, who was 73 when he was elected to a second term in 1984. Sanders will be 79 years old by the time that the 2020 election rolls around.