Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison asked that Graham take the test before their second debate after news broke that Graham had been in close proximity to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who announced last week that he tested positive for the coronavirus.
Graham was one of several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that held a 90-minute hearing with Lee earlier this month. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), another member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also tested positive for the coronavirus.
Instead of a debate, the two candidates will do separate televised interviews Friday night. Harrison’s spokesman, Guy King, told The Greenville News that the campaign was “disappointed that Lindsey has failed to take a simple coronavirus test.”
Graham’s campaign issued its own statement to the News blaming Harrison, who they said “declined to participate in [the debate] at the last minute.”
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