By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Jason Lewis, the former Republican congressman and current Senate candidate, had a successful emergency surgery Monday, his campaign says.

According to a statement, Lewis went to an emergency room early Monday morning after experiencing stomach pain. Doctors determined he was suffering from a severe internal hernia, which can be life-threatening if not dealt with quickly.

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Lewis was rushed into surgery, which his campaign says “was successful and minimally invasive”. The congressman is expected to be discharged within the next couple of days.

“On behalf of Jason and his wife Leigh, thank you for all the prayers and well wishes that have poured in from across the nation, and 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,” Campaign Manager Tom Szymanski said.

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The Republican Party of Minnesota released a statement wishing Lewis a speedy recovery.

“Jason is the biggest fighter we know,” Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan wrote. “He cares so much about Minnesota and has worked hard this entire campaign cycle. We look forward to seeing Jason again on the campaign trail soon and will work on his behalf until he returns.”

In 2016, Lewis was elected to congress from Minnesota’s 2nd District. He lost a rematch election in 2018 to Democrat Angie Craig.

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Currently, Lewis is campaigning to unseat Democratic Sen. Tina Smith in the November election.