George McGovern Hospitalized After Fall
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By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2011 6:19 AM CST
Former Democratic presidential nominee and US Sen. George McGovern has been sent to hospital after falling yesterday.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern is being treated at a South Dakota hospital after falling and hitting his head yesterday outside of Dakota Wesleyan University's McGovern Library, reports the AP. McGovern, 89, was bleeding but conscious after the fall, which occurred two hours before he was scheduled to tape an interview for C-SPAN. Hospital officials have released no details about McGovern's condition.

McGovern was originally sent to a nearby hospital, but was transferred to another facility in Sioux Falls, about 75 miles away, because he needed a higher level of treatment. McGovern is in "guarded condition ... not in critical condition, but his injuries bear watching," a hospital staffer tells CNN.