U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler is quarantined after receiving mixed results from recent yearstest, a day after she battled Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Senator David Perdue in the state’s highly controversial twin Senate race.
The Republic of Georgia took two quick COVID tests Friday morning that came back negative, a spokeswoman for her campaign said in a statement Saturday night.
She received another test Friday night and the results came back positive, the statement said. Loeffler tested again Saturday morning and the results were incredible.
Her campaign says she has no symptoms. Loeffler follows the CDC guidelines and informs those she was in direct contact with, the statement said.
Pence is awaiting more crucial test results to see if he qualifies as having had “close contact”
“As he awaits a confirmatory test from Senator Loeffler, Vice President Pence is in regular consultation with the White House Medical Unit and will follow CDC guidelines, as he has done in other circumstances when he has been in close contact,” Press Secretary Devin O Said Malley.
Loeffler appeared at a campaign event with Pence and Perdue in Georgia on Friday. She has held several gatherings in recent weeks with crowds packed up close, and many spectators not wearing masks.
Loeffler faces Democrat Raphael Warnock in a January 5 by-election – one of two races that will decide which party has control of the Senate.
The second race will have Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. After winning 50 Senate seats in the new Congress, Republicans need one more for control. A democratic sweep of Georgia’s runoff would yield a 50-50 Senate, giving Elected Vice President Kamala Harris the uninterrupted vote to tip the House to Democrats.
With just over a month until the run-off election and all the candidates fighting hard, it was not immediately clear what impact the tests would have on Loeffler’s ability to campaign. Warnock tweeted Saturday night that he asked that her test results come back negative.
Two Loeffler employees tested positive for COVID-19 last month. At the time, a subsequent test for Loeffler came back negative, according to a statement from her office.