U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler is being quarantined after receiving mixed results from recent yearsTests the day after she competed in the highly competitive Senate double races with Vice President Mike Pence and US Senator David Perdue.
The Georgia Republican ran two rapid COVID tests on Friday morning, which came back negative, a campaign spokeswoman said in a statement on Saturday night.
She received another test on Friday night and the results were positive, the statement said. Loeffler tested again on Saturday morning and the results were inconclusive.
Her campaign says she has no symptoms. Loeffler follows CDC guidelines and informs those with whom she has been in direct contact, the statement said.
Loeffler appeared at a campaign rally with Pence and Perdue in Georgia on Friday. She has held several rallies in the last few weeks where the crowd was confined and many spectators were not wearing masks.
Loeffler will face Democrat Raphael Warnock in a runoff election on January 5th Election – one of two races that determine which party has control of the Senate.
The other race is with Perdue and the Democrat Jon Ossoff. After the Republicans win 50 Senate seats in the new Congress, they need one more to control. A Democratic controversy over the Georgia runoff would result in a 50:50 Senate, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the groundbreaking vote to leave the House to the Democrats.
With a little more than a month until the runoff election and all the candidates who campaigned intensively, it was not immediately clear what influence the tests would have on Loeffler’s electoral ability. Warnock tweeted Saturday night when he prayed that her test results would be negative.
Two Loeffler employees tested positive for COVID-19 last month. At this point, a subsequent test for Loeffler was negative, according to her office.