Sen. David Perdue quarantines after Covid contact, earlier than Georgia runoff with Ossoff

Sen. David Perdue quarantines after Covid contact, before Georgia runoff with Ossoff

Senator David Perdue (R-GA) speaks during a campaign rally as he runs for re-election at the Olde Blind Dog Irish pub in Milton, Georgia on December 21, 2020.

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Georgia Senator David Perdue will be quarantined after contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19, his campaign said Thursday, less than a week before the Republicans runoff against Jon Ossoff.

Perdue, 71, tested negative for the coronavirus according to his campaign.

His runoff against Ossoff is one of two runoffs in Georgia that will determine whether Republicans or Democrats will have majority control over the U.S. Senate in 2021.

In the other race, incumbent Senator Kelly Loeffler, Perdue’s Republican, meets Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock.

“This morning Senator Perdue was informed that he had come into close contact with someone in the campaign who tested positive for COVID-19,” said a statement from Perdue’s campaign.

“Both Senator Perdue and his wife tested negative today, but as per his doctor’s recommendations and under CDC guidelines, they will be quarantined. The Senator and his wife have been tested regularly throughout the campaign and the team will continue to do so Follow CDC guidelines. More information will be provided as it becomes available. “

Perdue was due to perform with Loeffler on Thursday afternoon at a New Year’s Eve rally and concert in Gainesville.

In the final days leading up to Tuesday’s runoff election, Republicans stepped up their efforts to get a vote as data shows that Democrats enjoyed an advantage in turnout.

President Donald Trump is said to be promoting Perdue and Loeffler in Georgia on Monday.

The Covid crisis was an important topic in the election campaign. Perdue, in particular, has been scrutinized by Democrats for stock trading at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ossoff and Warnock have criticized Perdue and Loeffler’s handling of the Covid crisis and tied them to Senate Republicans whom Democrats say have obstructed the process of temporary relief.

As of December 30, more than 2.8 million Georgians had voted in the runoff elections, a record turnout in the state runoff elections.

President-elect Joe Biden will travel to Atlanta on Monday, and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris plans to visit Savannah on Sunday to surprise Ossoff and Warnock in the final push before election day.

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