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Two staffers for Tom Emmer's re-election campaign test positive for COVID-19

Emmer says he has not been exposed to the staffers for several weeks.

Two staffers on the re-election campaign for U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Emmer's office confirmed to BMTN that two of his "junior staffers" have tested positive for the virus.

They went into quarantine last week after showing symptoms for COVID-19, but Emmer says the pair do not have leadership roles in his campaign and he has not seen either of them for "several weeks."

Emmer is Minnesota's 6th District representative and is also the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

He came under scrutiny because he was one of three Minnesota representatives, the others being Reps. Pete Stauber and Jim Hagedorn, who flew with President Trump and White House officials on Air Force One to Minnesota for his Duluth rally, a day before the president tested positive for COVID-19.

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Rep. Emmer's office said his staffers' COVID-19 diagnoses was not linked to Trump's visit, and said that he himself has recently tested negative for the virus.

His spokesman told the Star Tribune that the infected staffers had driven together in a car several times as they put up lawn signs in the 6th District, and added that "everyone is masked up when they're in the office for the most part."

Emmer is facing Democratic challenger Tawnja Zahradka in the 6th District, which is considered a safe Republican seat.

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