Nikki Haley, a presidential candidate, has sought Secret Service protection, her team announced on Monday.
Nikki Haley, a presidential candidate, has sought Secret Service protection, her team announced on Monday.

Nikki Haley Requests Secret Service Protection Amid Primary Race

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Republican presidential contender Nikki Haley, the last remaining rival to Donald Trump in the primary race, has requested U.S. Secret Service protection, the campaign said on Monday.

While the campaign did not disclose any specific threats that prompted the request, Haley, the former U.S. representative to the United Nations, was targeted in two “swatting” incidents, once on Dec. 30 and once on Jan. 1, Reuters previously reported. 

In recent days, protesters opposing Haley’s support for additional military assistance for Ukraine or supporting Trump’s candidacy have regularly disrupted or demonstrated near her events in South Carolina.

Campaign Activity in South Carolina:

Haley has been campaigning in the state, where she did as governor from 2011 to 2017, ahead of its primary on Feb. 24.

The Secret Service often provides security to major presidential candidates in general and primary elections. 

According to federal regulations, such protection must be authorized by the Secretary of Homeland Security in consultation with the Congressional Advisory Committee, composed of five members, including the top Democrat and Republican in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Response from the Department of Homeland Security:

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately comment on Haley’s request for protection, which The Wall Street Journal first reported.

Swatting is the filing of false reports to the police to set off a potentially dangerous response by officers. Law enforcement experts see it as a form of intimidation or harassment that is increasingly being used to target prominent figures, including officials involved in the civil and criminal cases against Trump.

FBI’s Involvement and Previous Incidents:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was tracking one of the hoax calls that led to the swatting incident at Haley’s South Carolina home in December and intended to open a “threat assessment,” according to an e-mail obtained by Reuters in January. Haley has said her parents were at home during the December incident.

Polling Data and Campaign Dynamics:

In the battle to take on Democratic President Joe Biden in the November general election, Trump is leading Haley by more than 56 percentage points, according to an average maintained by polling analysis website FiveThirtyEight. In South Carolina, Trump leads by roughly 32 points.

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