Secret Service Ramps Up Biden Protection as Election Results Called Into Question
Security measures beefed up for Democrat nominee
The U.S. Secret Service has ramped up its protection detail for Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden as the results of the election continue to be called into question.
Former Vice President Biden will receive a beefed-up Secret Service detail from Friday while the candidates await the presidential race to be called, according to a report.
On Friday morning, several key battleground states, including Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Nevada, remained undecided as mail-in ballots are still being counted.
The agents will be sent to the Chase Center on the Riverfront convention center in Wilmington, Del.
The location is where Biden’s team has been headquartered since the campaign ended and while planning for a possible major speech later Friday, The Washington Post reported, citing two sources familiar with the situation.
Biden has received Secret Service protection since March when he emerged as the likely Democratic nominee but his ramped-up security will still be less than the president-elect would get, the Post reported.
He previously had Secret Service protection until six months after he left the White House in 2017, according to Fox News.
All former vice presidents get protection for six additional months.
On normal Election Nights, when the race is called within hours of polls closing, the Secret Service detail is usually put together that night.
But Biden will get the extra protection now because the race has continued to the end of the week.
A similar situation happened in the infamous 2000 election, which wasn’t decided for more than a month.
Then-Vice President Al Gore continued to receive his VP protection until the race was finally called for Republican nominee George W. Bush in December, according to the Post.
Meanwhile, President Trump's campaign has mounted several legal challenges related to vote-counting in battleground states.
As of early Friday morning, Biden had 264 electoral votes and Trump had 214, according to the Fox News Decision Desk.
However, Fox has been widely criticized for declaring victory for Biden in Arizona, despite a large number of votes still to be counted in an extremely tight race.
Both the Secret Service and the Biden campaign declined to comment on the report for security reasons.