Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler is mitigating after receiving indecisive Kovid-19 test results after several campaign appearances earlier this week, her campaign said Saturday.
The news comes a day after Loeffler, a Republican locked in a competitive runoff race that could determine the balance of power in Congress, participated in two campaign events with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday.
In pictures shared on Twitter, neither Loeffler nor Pence appeared wearing masks.
According to his campaign, Loeffler conducted two rapid tests on Friday morning before the events. The results came out negative. He was later told that his PCR test, believed to be the gold standard in detecting specific genetic material for coronovirus, was positive.
Loeffler campaign spokesman Stephen Lawson said in a statement that he was retired on Saturday after consulting with medical officials and the result was inconclusive. Lawson said Loeffler remains asymptomatic and will remain until the results of the conclusive test are achieved.
Loeffler’s Democratic opponent, the Rev. Rafael Warnock, tweeted that he hoped to recover quickly.
“I pray that his test results come back negative and he is back on the campaign trail soon,” he said.
A closely watched contest between Warnock and Loeffler will be decided on January 5 when Georgia voters decide the fate of both Senate seats.
Loeffler aligns himself with Sen. David Perdue, a Republican who is facing runoff against John Ossoff. Loeffler and Perdue are holding joint rallies and projecting themselves as a united front.
Alicia Victoria Lozano has contributed.