This late in the electoral game, campaigns are hoping to be running hot. Pedal to the metal. Red-line revving. It’s a sprint to the finish, and you can almost smell the burning rubber coming straight through the television.
There’s no time for pit stops, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t seen our fair share of ’em.
First there was President Trump, who became infected with COVID-19 and had a few harrowing incidents of blood-oxygen levels dropping, eventually landing him in the care of doctors at Walter Reed Medical Center for a couple of nights.
Now it’s Kamala Harris who’s going to be derailed for the time being, after members of her team came into contact with infected individuals.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris’ communications director and a “non-staff flight crew member” involved in the campaign have tested positive for the coronavirus, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign announced Thursday morning.
Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said that all in-person campaigning by the senator from California — including stops planned for today in the crucial battleground state of North Carolina — have been canceled for the rest of the week and weekend.
Dillon said the campaign learned late Wednesday night that both Liz Allen, Harris’ communications director, and a non-staff flight crew member tested positive for COVID-19.
“Senator Harris was not in close contact, as defined by the CDC, with either of these individuals during the two days prior to their positive tests; as such, there is no requirement for quarantine,” Dillon announced in a statement.
Harris and Biden appear to be holding a fairly comfortable lead in many national polls, but it is easy to see how such a circumstance could bring some unease to the situation.