GOP Sen. Perdue quarantining after possible exposure to COVID-19 just days before Georgia runoff race




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  • 2020-12-31 21:06:25Z
  • By USA TODAY
 

Republican Sen. David Perdue announced Thursday he was quarantining after coming into contact with someone on his campaign who tested positive for COVID-19, a striking development just 5 days before voters decide his political fate in a runoff race in Georgia.

Perdue's campaign said both the Georgia Republican and his wife tested negative for the disease Thursday but were going to quarantine, following the recommendations of his doctor and CDC guidelines.

"The Senator and his wife have been tested regularly throughout the campaign, and the team will continue to follow CDC guidelines," a statement from his campaign adds.

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Perdue's quarantine comes only days before voters will decide whether he will keep his seat, one of the state's two Senate races on Tuesday that will determine which political party controls the upper chamber. He is facing a tough challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff.

On Jan. 5, voters will also decide between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler or Democrat Raphael Warnock.

Both Republicans have regularly held events amid the pandemic where attendees have largely went maskless and ignored social distancing efforts. Democrats have cut most rallies to limit the size of crowds and have instead instituted drive-in events or virtual rallies to attract support. Loeffler similarly had to quarantine last month after a coronavirus scare after she received conflicting test results. She has since returned to the campaign trail.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Georgia: David Perdue in quarantine after possible COVID exposure

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