US Senator Kelly Loeffler is in quarantine after receiving mixed results from the recenttests, a day after she campaigned with Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Senator David Perdue in the hotly contested Senate twin races.
The Georgia Republican had two quick COVID tests Friday morning that came back negative, a spokesperson for her campaign said in a statement Saturday night.
She received another test on Friday evening and the results came back positive, the statement said. Loeffler tested again on Saturday morning and the results were inconclusive.
Her campaign says she has no symptoms. Loeffler is following CDC guidelines and advising those with whom she was in direct contact, the statement said.
Pence is awaiting more conclusive test results to see if he qualifies as having had “close contact” with Loeffler, his publicist said on Sunday.
“While awaiting a confirmatory test from Senator Loeffler, Vice President Pence is in regular consultation with the White House medical unit and will follow CDC guidance as he has in other circumstances when ‘he’s been a close contact,’ press secretary Devin O ‘says Malley.
Loeffler appeared at a campaign event with Pence and Perdue in Georgia on Friday. She has held several rallies in recent weeks with crowded crowds and many members of the public not wearing masks.
Loeffler will face Democrat Raphael Warnock in a runoff on January 5 – one of two races that will determine which party controls the Senate.
The other race will feature Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. Having won 50 Senate seats in the new Congress, Republicans need one more for control. A Democratic second-round sweep in Georgia would result in a 50-50 Senate, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the decisive vote to tip the chamber over to the Democrats.
With just over a month to go to the run-off election and all of the candidates campaigning intensely, it wasn’t immediately clear what impact the tests would have on Loeffler’s ability to campaign. Warnock tweeted On Saturday night, he prayed that his test results were negative.
Two Loeffler staff tested positive for COVID-19 last month. At the time, a subsequent test for Loeffler came back negative, according to a statement from his office.