BREAKING: Minnesota governor collapses during address (3x UPDATED)


3rd UPDATE: 9:32 p.m. EST: KSTP-TV chief political reporter Tom Hauser tweets: I’m told by sources in the MN House Gov. Dayton was able to leave the State Capitol in his official vehicle with state troopers and aides.

2nd UPDATE: 9:21 p.m. EST: Rachel Stassen-Berger, the Pioneer Press Capitol Bureau chief, tweets the following: Dayton will be 70 this week and has a series of health concerns. He fainted at a fundraiser last year.

1st UPDATE: 9:17 p.m. EST: Great news: Tweet from Gov. Dayton’s son Eric: I’m with my dad now and he’s doing great. Thank you all for your kind well-wishes and words of concern.

ORIGINAL POST: The video shows that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was in serious trouble as he collapsed toward the end of his State of the State address.

If you listen closely, it also appears his words were slurring seconds before he fainted.

There is good news, however: The governor was able to stand up a few minutes after he collapsed. Shortly thereafter, a Minneapolis TV reporter tweeted that Gov. Dayton “is conscious, joking w paramedic and EMT after collapsing during State of State address.”

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