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Democratic Governor Collapses During State Of The State Address [VIDEO]

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter
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Democratic Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, 69, collapsed during the state’s State of the State address late Monday, according to a report from CBS.

Dayton was addressing a joint session of the state congress when he appeared to try and brace himself before falling, hitting his head on the podium. Dayton was 40 minutes into his speech.

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Paramedics rushed to the scene, where they gave the governor a thorough examination before allowing him to leave the Capitol on his own.

CNN affiliated reporter Patrick Kessler broke the news that the governor was fine after the fall.

Dayton’s son also reported he was doing well. “I’m with my dad now and he’s doing great,” Eric Dayton tweeted late Monday. “Thank you for all your kind well-wishes and words of concern.”

Dayton reportedly will deliver the state’s new budget proposal as scheduled Tuesday morning at 11:15 am Central Standard Time.

The Democratic governor was in the middle of praising the state’s adoption of Obamacare when he collapsed on the stage, according to CNN. Minnesota was one of the states to follow through with their own exchange program apart from the federal website.

Dayton is currently serving his second term as governor, and the state of Minnesota has no term limits, meaning Dayton is likely to run again in 2018. He won by a small margin in the general election in 2014, earning only 50.1 percent of the vote. Dayton was also challenged by two Democrats during the primary, practically unheard of for an incumbent governor’s race.

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