Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler has gone into quarantine after receiving conflicting
Loeffler’s campaign said she took two rapid tests on Friday morning which both came back negative. She received the results of a PCR test – which is more accurate than rapid tests – that night, which showed she was positive.
The Republican, who has been hitting the campaign trail hard ahead of her run-off election in January, was retested on Saturday and the results were inconclusive, prompting her to isolate out of caution.
‘Senator Loeffler followed
‘She has no symptoms and she will continue to follow CDC guidelines by quarantining until retesting is conclusive and an update will be provided at that time.’
Loeffler appeared at two campaign events with Vice President Mike Pence and Sen David Perdue in Georgia on Friday.
She wore a mask for part of the day but did take it off when she was on stage with Pence and Perdue – sparking fears that they may have also been exposed to the virus.
Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler has gone into quarantine after receiving conflicting COVID-19 test results – including at least one that was positive
Loeffler is seen at a campaign event with Vice President Mike Pence (center) and fellow Georgia Sen David Perdue (right) on Friday in Marietta
Loeffler greets Pence with a fist-bump as he arrives at Dobbins Air Reserve Base on Friday
Loeffler is facing Democrat Raphael Warnock in a January 5 runoff election – one of two races that will determine which party has control of the US Senate.
She has held several rallies in recent weeks with crowds packed into close quarters and many audience members not wearing masks.
Warnock reacted to the news of Loeffler’s possible infection in a tweet on Saturday, writing: ‘Senator Loeffler is in my thoughts. I pray that her test results come back negative and that she is back on the campaign trail soon. Blessings.’
Going into isolation for the next two weeks would pose a significant challenge to Loeffler’s campaign as she seeks to keep the seat she was appointed to earlier this year after Sen Johnny Isakson retired.
Warnock came out ahead of the incumbent by nearly 350,000 votes in the November 3 special election that resulted in a runoff.
Sen Perdue is also facing a runoff in his race against Democrat Jon Ossoff in January.
Loeffler and Perdue have spent the past few weeks rallying support across the state, often at events together, as they seek to keep the Senate under Republican control.
Pence joined them on the trail on Friday. It’s unclear if the trio kept their masks on while they were on a bus between events in Canton and Marietta.
This is a developing story.