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Ron Johnson becomes third GOP senator to test positive in 24 hours

Ron Johnson becomes third GOP senator to test positive in 24 hours

Sen. Ron Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the third Senate Republican to test positive for the deadly disease in 24 hours.

The development narrows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s majority significantly, trimming three votes off his 53-member caucus. The Senate is currently scheduled to come back to Washington on Monday to begin voting through judicial nominees and McConnell has yet to signal whether he’s rethinking that move as the pandemic hits his caucus.

Though Johnson (R-Wis.) had quarantined for two weeks after exposure to someone who tested positive, he was again exposed to coronavirus after his quarantine ended and he returned to Washington. He tested positive on Friday, his office said on Saturday.

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