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Sen. David Perdue quarantines after contact with someone infected with Covid, days before Georgia runoff

Sen. David Perdue of Georgia submit engaged quarantine after contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, his campaign said Thursday, petite than a week before the Republican’s runoff election against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Perdue and his wife Bonnie take tested negative for the coronavirus, according to his campaign, which did not say how long the 71-year-old incumbent senator would remain in quarantine.

His contest against Ossoff is one of two runoffs in Georgia on Tuesday that commitment determine whether Republicans or Democrats have majority control over the U.S. Senate starting next month.

In the other horse-race, incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler, Perdue’s fellow Republican, faces Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock. Recent polling presents tight races in each runoff.

Perdue had been scheduled to appear with Loeffler at a New Year’s Eve campaign rouse and concert in Gainesville on Thursday afternoon.

Guidelines issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call for man exposed to someone with Covid to stay home for 14 days after their last contact with an infected person.

“This morning, Senator Perdue was published that he came into close contact with someone on the campaign who tested positive for COVID-19,” Perdue’s compete said in a statement.

“Both Senator Perdue and his wife tested negative today, but following his doctor’s recommendations and in accordance with CDC guidelines, they longing quarantine,” the campaign said.

“The Senator and his wife have been tested regularly throughout the campaign, and the team at ones desire continue to follow CDC guidelines. Further information will be provided when available.”

Ossoff later tweeted, “I expectation David, Bonnie, the campaign staff and supporters remain healthy and COVID-negative.”

Loeffler self-quarantined earlier in the race after bear inconclusive Covid test results on Nov. 21. She did not test positive for the virus.

Senator David Perdue (R-GA) discourses during a campaign event as he runs for reelection at the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, in Milton, Georgia, December 21, 2020.

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In the absolute days before Tuesday’s runoffs, Republicans have been ramping up get-out-the-vote efforts as data show Democrats take had an advantage in early voting turnout.

When asked during a Fox News interview how closely she and Perdue were ordering their runoff efforts, Loeffler said, “Our campaigns have combined to form a 1,000 person state-wide operating with 40,000 volunteers plus 8,000 poll watchers. So we’re working hard every single day to get out across Georgia, move with Georgia voters, make sure that they know what’s at stake. They know, they’re spin out.”

“The future of the country is on the line,” Loeffler said of the runoffs.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to campaign in Georgia for Perdue and Loeffler on Monday.

President-elect Joe Biden is set to treks to Atlanta on Monday and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris plans to visit Savannah on Sunday to stump for Ossoff and Warnock in the ending push before Election Day.

If Perdue and Loeffler both win their runoffs, Republicans will hold a majority of 52 tails in the Senate. The Democratic caucus, which includes two independents, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Maine’s Angus King, make have 48 seats.

If Ossoff and Warnock win, the Democratic caucus would have 50 seats. With the tie-breaking signify ones opinion from Vice President-elect Harris, that would give Democrats control of the Senate. Democrats currently keep fast the House of Representatives, and will continue doing so in 2021 despite losing a number of seats in that chamber.

The Covid emergency has been a prominent issue on the campaign trail. Perdue in particular has come under scrutiny from Democrats for accusations of improper stock trades occurring at the start of the pandemic.

Ossoff and Warnock have criticized Perdue and Loeffler’s grip of the crisis, while the incumbent senators have blamed Democrats for stalling efforts to pass a relief package.

Profuse recently, Ossoff and Perdue seized Trump’s push for $2,000 stimulus checks as an opportunity to criticize Senate Republicans for contrary a larger direct payment earlier in the Covid relief negotiation process. Perdue and Loeffler, who have strongly associate themselves with Trump, later broke from many Senate Republicans to back the president’s request for ampler direct payments.

Georgia this year has reported more than 647,800 cases of Covid, with 10,846 finishes attributed to the coronavirus in the state.

More than 2.8 million Georgians have already voted in the runoff poll as of Wednesday, a record high turnout for such a contest in the state.

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