Loeffler took two coronavirus tests Friday morning, according to Lawson. Quick test results came back negative, and she was approved to attend Vice President Pence at events that day, he said.
The senator was on a bus with Pence most of the day on Friday, standing close to Perdue and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue during some events. She wore a mask some of the day, though it was unclear if she had one on the bus.
After those events, Lawson said, the senator learned that her second test was positive. A further test taken Saturday morning “came back unclear”
She turns out to be in a runoff on January 5 against the pastor Raphael Warnock (D), a pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Warnock led the incumbent senator by nearly 350,000 votes in the Nov. 3 election following Loeffler’s appointment to replace former Republican senator Johnny Isakson, who resigned his seat for health reasons.
Loeffler’s appearance on Friday with Pence attracted outdoor crowds as Republicans and Democrats have put very different approaches to campaigning amid the pandemic, with conservatives continuing to hold large rallies. Loeffler typically wears a face mask according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, unlike many who flock to her events.
Josh Dawsey contributed to this report.