Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Thom Tillis Collapses During A DC Race

Thom Tillis Collapses During A DC Race

"Scary, heart wrenching news", Tweeted South Carolina GOP Sen. Tillis collapsed Wednesday, May 17, 2017, during Washington race and was taken away in ambulance. Washington, D.C., fire officials say he was breathing when an ambulance took him to George Washington University Hospital, WSOC reported. He denied those reports.

He later said he was "fine" and thanked supporters for their prayers in a Twitter video posted from the hospital.

The senator got overheated about two and half miles into the run and was taken to the hospital as a precaution, Tillis said in the video. No CPR, no special measures. "When you get to the point when you stop sweating, it's extremely unsafe", he said.

Several members of Congress planned to run in the annual three-mile road race, including Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves, Sen. The 3-mile race was being held in Anacostia Park in the southeast part of the city.

Tillis, who previously was speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, unseated Democrat Kay Hagan in the 2014 U.S. Senate elections. Tillis was leading his own team, "Team Tillis", in the race. He sits on the Senate Armed Services, Judiciary and Veterans' Affairs Committees, and is an avid mountain biker.

According to Thom's political website, Thom lives in Huntersville with his wife Susan, and they have two adult children together.

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis collapsed on Wednesday and people want to know why.

State Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin issued a statement of support Wednesday in support of his fellow sentator.

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