Governor Brian Kemp shakes hands with US House Representative Drew Ferguson at the podium of a Trump rally in Manchester this week. Ferguson has since tested positive for COVID-19. Kemp is quarantining.
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Gov. Brian Kemp (masked) shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson at the podium of a Trump rally in Manchester this week. Ferguson has since tested positive for COVID-19. Kemp is quarantining.
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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is self-quarantining after being exposed to someone who has COVID-19, his office said Friday. Separately,  U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-West Point) announced he tested positive for the virus after speaking at two rallies with the governor this week.

"Last night, I began feeling mild symptoms consistent with a cold, with no fever," the West Point Republican said Friday. "This morning, when I began running a slight fever, I immediately took a COVID test which has come back positive."

Gov. Kemp and Rep. Drew Ferguson embrace at rally
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Gov. Brian Kemp and U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-West Point) embrace at a rally in Manchester on Oct 27, 2020
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Ferguson and Kemp spoke Tuesday at an event in Manchester, a few miles away from a Warm Springs speech where Democratic presidential nominee former vice president Joe Biden delivered his closing pitch to voters.

“If we grow tired, if we grow complacent because of the majorities we've had in this state, which is some of what I think happened in 2018 because people think, ‘There's no way,’” Kemp said at the rally, “there is a way. If we grow tired and weary, we can lose.”

Many of the attendees at the event were not wearing masks, including Ferguson, although Kemp wore one except for when he was speaking. Video from the LaGrange Daily News show Ferguson and Kemp speaking at an indoor rally Thursday for David Jenkins, a state House candidate challenging House Minority Leader Bob Trammell of Luthersville. 

Biden Counter Protest
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Jill Reuly, with her son Robert Tindell, puts her Trump cap on her grandson Thomas Tindell's head before a small Trump rally outside a defunct textile mill in Manchester Georgia a few hours before Joe Biden's event in nearby Warm Springs.
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Mark Stephens watches the Trump rally in Manchester, Ga., not far from Joe Biden's speech in Warm Springs, from a hill above the event site. Stephens was asked to leave because of his Confederate battle flag.
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Mark Stephens watches the Trump rally in Manchester, Ga., not far from Joe Biden's speech in Warm Springs, from a hill above the event site. Stephens was asked to leave because of his Confederate battle flag.
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Gov. Brian Kemp approaches the podium at a pro-Trump rally in Manchester, Georgia, ahead of Joe Biden's later visit to nearby Warm Springs Oct. 27, 2020.
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Gov. Brian Kemp approaches the podium at a pro-Trump rally in Manchester, Georgia, ahead of Joe Biden's later visit to nearby Warm Springs Oct. 27, 2020.
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Biden Counter Protest
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"If there's Trump sign in this county, I put it there," said Bones Cheatwood, owner of a motorcycle shop in Warm Springs, Ga., before a small Trump rally in nearby Manchester ahead of Joe Biden's campaign event in Warms Springs.
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Biden Counter Protest
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Attendees with QAnon gear gather at the Trump rally ahead of Joe Biden's speech at Warm Springs, Ga. Tuesday were asked to keep it covered for the duration of the press event.
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A woman attends a pro-Trump rally in Manchester, Georgia, ahead of Joe Biden's later visit to nearby Warm Springs. The votes of women have been hotly contested up and down the ballot in Georgia this election cycle.
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A woman attends a pro-Trump rally in Manchester, Georgia, ahead of Joe Biden's later visit to nearby Warm Springs on Oct. 27, 2020. The votes of women have been hotly contested up and down the ballot in Georgia this election cycle.
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Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at a pro-Trump rally in Manchester, Georgia, ahead of Joe Biden's later visit to nearby Warm Springs on Oct. 27, 2020.
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Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at a pro-Trump rally in Manchester, Georgia, ahead of Joe Biden's later visit to nearby Warm Springs on Oct. 27, 2020.
Credit: Grant Blankenship

Kemp, who wears a mask at public events except when speaking, said he and his wife tested negative Friday for the virus.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is set to headline a massive campaign rally in Rome on Sunday. A CNN investigation of 17 recent rallies found all but three host counties saw an increased rate of new coronavirus cases one month after the rally.

This is a developing story.

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