Georgia’s second round of Senate elections take place on Tuesday, and Perdue’s quarantine will sideline him for the remainder of the campaign.
Republican Senator David Perdue was forced into quarantine on Thursday in the final part of the Georgian Senate second round, revealing just five days before the election that he had been exposed to a campaign agent infected with the coronavirus.
Perdue’s campaign did not say how long he planned to remain in quarantine, but federal Centers for Disease Control guidelines say people exposed to the virus can resume normal activities after seven days if the test result is negative. .
Following these guidelines would keep Perdue in isolation for the remainder of the campaign.
“This morning, Senator Perdue was informed that he had come into close contact with someone in the campaign who had tested positive for COVID-19,” the Perdue campaign statement said.
“Senator Perdue and his wife tested negative today, but on the recommendation of his doctor and as directed by the CDC, they will be quarantined.”
The statement went on to say that Perdue’s campaign “will continue to follow CDC guidelines.”
Perdue and fellow Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler are in the Georgia poll on Tuesday. Perdue takes on Democrat Jon Ossoff, while Loeffler takes on Democrat Raphael Warnock.
If the two Republican incumbents lose, the Democrats will control the Senate.
President Donald Trump has scheduled a rally on Monday to increase the participation of Perdue and Loeffler in the very conservative northwest of Georgia.
Democrats also bring their heavy hitters to the state. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris plans to campaign for Ossoff and Warnock in Savannah on Sunday, followed by President-elect Joe Biden sharing a stage with Democrats Monday in Atlanta.
Thursday marks the last day of in-person early voting and, according to state data, more than 2.8 million Georgians have already voted – a record for a runoff in Georgia, exceeding 2.1 million votes cast in the second round of 2008.
The skyrocketing vote in Georgia, including among black voters who have historically backed the Democratic Party, suggests a competitive contest in a state Biden narrowly won in November.
About a third of the ballots accepted so far have come from voters who identified themselves as black when they registered to vote, up from around 27% in the November election, according to Reuters.
The state publishes information on how many people have voted, but does not count their votes until election day.
Early voting, both by mail and at in-person voting centers, appears to be high statewide, including in Republican areas.