Nikki Haley has requested protection from the US Secret Service due to threats she faces as the only remaining Republican presidential candidate competing with former President Donald Trump for the party’s nomination, Haley’s campaign spokesperson confirmed to CNN.
The campaign did not detail when the request was made.
There were reports of two hitting incidents in recent months at Haley’s home in South Carolina, one of which occurred while her parents were there.
Haley was recently asked about an increased security presence at her events, and last week told reporters in Columbia, South Carolina that “when you do something like this, you get threats. “It’s just reality and that’s okay.”
“Part of running for public life is that you are going to deal with the threats that exist. “That’s not going to deter me,” Haley said at the time. “Does that mean we have to put a few more bodies around us? Yes that’s fine.”
Haley has had an increased security presence with her for about a week.
The Secret Service provides protection only after it is authorized by the Secretary of Homeland Security, who consults with a congressional advisory committee.
In May 2007, then-Senator. Barack Obama was placed under protection after a congressional committee recommended him, given the growing number of threats against him.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has also requested protection from the Secret Service this cycle, but has not received it.
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny contributed to this report.