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Former Sen. George McGovern stable after fall

December 3, 2011 |  3:38 pm

George McGovern

Former Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern was resting in stable condition at a South Dakota hospital Saturday after hitting his head during a fall, hospital officials said.

McGovern was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Sioux Falls late Friday after falling at Dakota Wesleyan University. The 89-year-old former U.S. senator, who lost to Richard M. Nixon in the 1972 presidential contest, had been scheduled to appear live on C-SPAN before he fell, the hospital said.

“Senator McGovern is alert and resting comfortably but, as with any head injury, it is important that we observe the situation closely,” said Dr. Michael Elliott, chief medical officer at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, in a statement Saturday.

The hospital did not release further details on his injuries.

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Photo: Former Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. George McGovern speaks at the annual McGovern Conference at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., on Nov. 14. Credit: AP Photo/Kristi Eaton.

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