ONE of Senator Kelly Loeffler's aides died in a highway crash Friday morning – hours before Vice President Mike Pence's Georgia rally.
Harrison Deal, 20, was driving on I-16 in Pooler, just 10 miles east of Savannah, when he was struck and killed in a fiery crash before Pence arrived to round up support for Loeffler and Senator David Perdue.Harrison Deal, 20, died in a highway crash on Friday morningCredit: Facebook Kelly Loeffler's aide Harrison Deal was killed in a car wreck on a Georgia highwayCredit: WSAV-TV Loeffler skipped Mike Pence's rally because of the crashCredit: EPA
The campaign has not yet stated whether Deal, who was set to graduate from the University of Georgia in 2022, was performing campaign duties at the time of his death.
Deal was a former intern for Perdue and was a family friend of Georgia's Republican Governor Brian Kemp, reports said.
The governor described Deal as "the Kemp son and brother we never had" in an emotional Twitter statement.
During his speech in Savannah yesterday, Pence called Deal a "truly wonderful young man."
Loeffler did not attend the Pence rally due to Deal's death, stating "it is with an extremely heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Harrison Deal."Pence called Deal a "truly wonderful young man" during his speechCredit: EPA Loeffler faces a runoff election with fellow Georgia Senator Perdue on January 5Credit: AFP - Getty
"My heart aches for his family, and Jeff and I will continue to surround them in love and prayer in the days ahead," Loeffler continued.
"Harrison was a beloved member of our campaign team. More importantly, Harrison was a smart, bright, loving, loyal and outstanding young man."
Loeffler continued, saying Deal "embodied the very best of this campaign – and the very best of our state."
"We will forever cherish and honor Harrison’s memory, and I ask every Georgian to join us in praying for his family during this difficult time," Loeffler ended.
Perdue also faces a challenge from Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in the runoff.
The winner of the two runoffs will determine control of the Senate next year.
Republicans currently hold 50 seats, with the two Georgia seats determining if the Senate will be divided 50-50 Vice President-elect Kamala Harris breaking ties.