North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has sustained an injury that could affect his appearance at Wednesday evening's Republican presidential debate
In a statement to PEOPLE, the governor's office said Burgum "sustained an injury while playing a pick-up game of basketball with campaign staff."
A spokesperson told Politico that the Republican injured his leg and may not be able to stand at the GOP presidential debate Wednesday night, when he's slated to appear alongside seven others.
On Twitter, the governor made light of the injury, sharing a vintage photo of himself playing basketball and writing, "I’ve played lots of pick-up games in my day! This isn’t the first time one has sent me to the ER. Appreciate all the well-wishes!"
— Doug Burgum (Text "DOUG" to 70177) (@DougBurgum) August 23, 2023
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former South Carolina governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson are slated to debate alongside Burgum on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has announced he won't participate in the debate on Wednesday, saying in a post on his social media site Truth Social that he was leading in recent polls by "legendary" numbers and adding, "I WILL THEREFORE NOT BE DOING THE DEBATES!"
Burgum launched his 2024 presidential campaign in June, making his case for the Republican nomination in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.
He was sworn in as North Dakota's 33rd governor in December 2016, and ran again for the seat in 2020, winning the race handily.
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