SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern has been hospitalized for fatigue in South Dakota, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Jullie Ward, a spokeswoman for Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, said the 89-year-old former senator from South Dakota was admitted to the Sioux Falls hospital for fatigue after completing a lecture tour.
She said doctors expect him to make a full recovery and be released in a couple of days. Ward said the family has asked for privacy at this time so McGovern can rest and recover.
McGovern, a South Dakota congressman from 1957 to 1961 and U.S. senator from 1963 to 1981, ran for president against President Richard Nixon in 1972 and lost in a historic landslide. He had moved to St. Augustine, Fla., in 2008 after the death of his wife, Eleanor.
McGovern was elected to his first of three Senate terms in 1962. He ran for president three times, making a try for the nomination in 1968 and 1984 in addition to the 1972 race.
Despite the Watergate break-in that year, Nixon won a second term in one of the biggest landslides in modern history. The liberal McGovern won only one state, Massachusetts.