Sen. Perdue enters COVID quarantine days before Georgia runoffs

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Georgia GOP Sen. David Perdue and his wife will enter quarantine just days before the crucial US Senate runoff elections after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, his campaign announced Thursday.

“This morning, Senator Perdue was notified that he came into close contact with someone on the campaign who tested positive for COVID-19,” a statement from his campaign read.

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

It’s unclear how long Perdue will quarantine for, but the development will be a major blow to his re-election bid ahead of a Jan. 5 Senate runoff race.

Republican control of the Senate hangs in the balance with Democrats hopeful they can claw back two seats held by Perdue and fellow Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

The current balance of the Senate is 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats, meaning that whichever way these two seats go will decide which party controls the upper chamber of Congress.

If Democrats were to win both seats and split the body evenly, Kamala Harris will break tie votes in her capacity as vice president, handing a major victory to Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.

Perdue and Loeffler were due to appear at a rally alongside President Trump on Monday. It’s unclear if Perdue will still appear.

The former Dollar General CEO is being challenged by Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 33-year-old investigative journalist. 

The second race pits Loeffler against Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where civil rights icon Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached.  

None of the four candidates reached the 50 percent threshold required by the state in order to declare a winner, forcing two runoff elections.

But it was a razor-thin finish, with Perdue leading Ossoff 49.7 percent to 48 percent.

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