Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy briefly hospitalized

According to CNN, Vermont’s longtime Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy was briefly hospitalized last week. 

The statement says Leahy’s hospitalization was a precautionary move

The network cited a statement released by Leahy’s office which explained that the lawmaker “was not feeling well” on Thursday evening.

It added that Leahy “was taken to a Washington area hospital for tests, as a precaution. He had been at their residence in McLean, Virginia, at the time.”

“At the recommendation of his doctors, he is expected to remain overnight for observation.  As is our practice, we will offer updates as warranted,” the statement continued.

CNN then pointed to a follow-up statement which said that Leahy had an “uneventful night” consisting of “tests and observation” before being discharged the following morning.

The liberal news network pointed out that this was not Leahy’s only hospital visit in recent months, as he underwent hip surgery this past June. What’s more, the senator was also hospitalized near the beginning of last year after experiencing muscle spasms.

CNN noted how Leahy announced in late 2021 that he will not be seeking another term in office, saying, “While I will continue to serve Vermont, Marcelle and I have reached a conclusion: it is time to put down the gavel.”

“It is time to pass the torch to the next Vermonter, who’ll carry on this work for our great state,” he continued, adding, “It’s time to come home.”

Leahy’s health may become a cause for concern among members of his party given that the Senate is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.

Real Clear Politics model predicts Republican Senate gains next month

What’s more, observers are divided over whether or not Democrats are likely to maintain their narrow margin of control following next month’s midterm elections.

While some polls predict a Democratic victory, Real Clear Politics’ latest projection shows Republicans with a net gain of two seats.

That projection involves the GOP holding on to all of its current seats as well as flipping Nevada and Georgia, both of which are currently represented by Democratic senators.