The Georgia Republican official overseeing the state’s controversial presidential election recount went into quarantine Thursday after his wife contracted coronavirus.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will isolate at home after his wife tested positive for COVID-19.
He says he has no symptoms and has not tested positive himself.
The news came a day after Raffensperger gave a press conference at which he announced a painstaking hand recount of all ballots cast in last week’s presidential election.
President-elect Joe Biden won Georgia and its 16 electoral votes by a narrow margin of about 15,000 votes over President Trump.
Trump baselessly has claimed he actually won Georgia and several other states where Biden won.
Georgia’s two Republican senators face run-off elections on Jan. 5 with control of the entire Senate at stake.
Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) both called for Raffensperger to step down after Biden won the election. Like Trump, they claim there was something nefarious about the vote but have offered no actual evidence.
Raffensperger, who is also a Republican Trump supporter, pointedly told them to focus on their own reelection battles.
The run-offs amount to a battle royale postscript to the 2020 election.
Energized Democrats are celebrating turning Georgia blue in the presidential race for the first time since Bill Clinton won the state. Flipping the Senate seats would be the icing on the cake and would allow Biden some hope of pushing his agenda through a divided Congress.
Republicans are trying to unify their Trump-friendly base first, then move ahead with a run-off campaign that will likely seek to take advantage of what they hope will be lower turnout among Black voters.
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