U.S. Sen. Kelly Löfler will be quarantined after testing positive for coronavirus, the Republican’s campaign in Georgia announced on Saturday.
Loeffler, who – along with U.S. Republican Sen. David Perdue, also from Georgia – faces a run-off on Jan. 5 to decide which party controls the Senate, was initially tested negative Friday morning with a quick-score test before two campaigns held with Vice President Mike Pence.
She also did a PCR test on Friday, which tested positive later in the day, campaign spokesman Stephen Lawson said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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The senator received unconvincing results after taking an additional test on Saturday.
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Although no coronavirus test is completely accurate all the time, rapid results tests tend to be less accurate than PCR tests, which take longer to get results, some experts say.
“Senator Löfler followed the CDC’s instructions, notifying those with whom she was in direct contact while awaiting further test results,” Lawson said. “She has no symptoms and will continue to follow the CDC’s instructions by quarantining until the retesting is final and an update will be provided at that time.
Along with Pence, Loeffler also had recent contact with Perdue, as well as with U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., According to the Journal-Constitution.
Both races in Georgia went to the runoff after no candidate received the required 50% of the vote in the November 3 election.
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Loeffler’s Democratic opponent is the Rev. Rafael Warnock, while Perdue will face Democrat Jon Ossoff.