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Sen. Perdue quarantines for virus exposure before GA runoff


SAVANNAH, #Ga. (AP) — #Republican #Sen. #David #Perdue was forced into quarantine #Thursday in the home stretch of #Georgia’s high-stakes #Senate runoffs, disclosing just five days before the election that he had been exposed to a campaign worker infected with the coronavirus.

#Perdue’s campaign did not say how long he plans to stay in quarantine, but guidelines of the federal #Centers for #Disease #Control say those exposed to the virus can resume normal activities after seven days if they have a negative test result.

#It’s bad timing for #Perdue and fellow #Republicans heading into critical runoffs that will determine control of the #Senate. #Following the CDC’s guidance would keep #Perdue in isolation for the remainder of the campaign, including a planned #Georgia rally #Monday with #President #Donald #Trump.

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“This morning, #Senator #Perdue was notified that he came into close contact with someone on the campaign who tested positive for COVID-19,” the #Perdue campaign’s statement said. “Both #Senator #Perdue and his wife tested negative today, but following his doctor’s recommendations and in accordance with CDC guidelines, they will quarantine.”

The statement went on to say #Perdue’s campaign “will continue to follow CDC guidelines.”

#Both #Perdue and fellow GOP #Sen. #Kelly #Loeffler are on #Georgia’s runoff ballot #Tuesday. #Perdue faces #Democrat #Jon #Ossoff, while #Loeffler faces #Democrat #Raphael #Warnock.

#If both #Republican incumbents lose, #Democrats will control the #Senate.

#Perdue’s campaign did not identify the worker who tested positive for the virus.

#In late #November, #Loeffler went into self-quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. #Her campaign said she developed no symptoms, and she resumed campaigning after later tests came back negative.

#Both #Perdue and #Loeffler have frequently worn masks on the campaign trail, but have also attended large events — including rallies with #Trump and #Vice #President #Mike #Pence — where people attending crowded close together, many of them without masks.

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#Perdue had been scheduled to join #Trump along with #Loeffler on #Monday for a rally to fire up turnout in heavily conservative northwest #Georgia.

#Democrats are also bringing their heavy hitters to the state. #Vice #President-elect #Kamala #Harris plans to campaign #Sunday for #Ossoff and #Warnock in #Savannah, followed by #President-elect #Joe #Biden sharing a stage with the #Democrats on #Monday in #Atlanta.

#Perdue is seeking his second #Senate term in a state where #Democrats are gaining influence, largely because of a growing non-white population in #Atlanta’s suburb. #In #November, #Biden became the first #Democratic presidential candidate to win #Georgia since 1992.

#More than 2.8 million #Georgia voters have already cast runoff ballots either by mail or during in-person early voting. #That’s more than half the 5 million overall votes cast statewide in the #Nov. 3 election.



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https://apnews.com/article/senate-elections-georgia-elections-coronavirus-pandemic-campaigns-cac773a9a4cf6f5dc03f1943dd850220

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