Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner at the Radisson Hotel, Nov. 29, 2015 in Manchester, N.H. 
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Bernie Sanders undergoes hernia procedure

Updated

Update: Sanders underwent the the procedure Monday, according to the Associated Press.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will undergo an elective hernia procedure at a Washington, D.C. hospital on Monday, according to a statement from his Senate office.

Sanders, 74, will return to his Senate duties on Tuesday following the outpatient procedure at George Washington University Hospital, according to the release.

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The Vermont senator has positioned himself as the top Democratic challenger to frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who continues to hold a strong lead over Sanders in national polling.

Sanders is not the only 2016 candidate to make a hospital visit recently. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee underwent knee surgery last Wednesday and has returned to the campaign trail.

This article first appeared on NBCNews.com

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders undergoes hernia procedure

Updated