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U.S. Senator Perdue in quarantine after coronavirus contact days before runoff vote - Metro US

U.S. Senator Perdue in quarantine after coronavirus contact days before runoff vote

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) attends a campaign event as he runs for reelection, in Milton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -David Perdue, one of two Republican U.S. senators facing a runoff election in Georgia next week that will determine control of the Senate, is quarantining after coming in close contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus, his campaign said on Thursday.

Perdue was notified of the contact on Thursday and has tested negative, his campaign said.

It did not say how close the contact was or when it occurred, how long his quarantine would last or how it would impact any campaign events, adding that more information would be provided later.

Perdue faces Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff in an election on Tuesday that will help determine whether Republicans will keep control of the Senate under Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.

Fellow incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler faces Democrat Raphael Warnock in another runoff election on Tuesday. More than 2.8 million people in Georgia have already voted early.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Grant McCool)

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