Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will receive Secret Service details starting Friday as candidates waiting for the presidential race are called, according to a report.
As of early Friday, a number of key battlefield states, including Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada, have not been decided as mail ballots continue to be counted.
Agents will be sent to the Chase Center at the Riverfront convention center in Wilmington, Del., Where Biden’s team has been headquartered since the campaign’s conclusion and is planning a keynote speech there. could happen late Friday, The Washington Post reported, citing two sources close to. with the situation.
Biden has had Secret Service protections since March when he emerged as a likely Democratic candidate but his enhanced security capabilities would still be worse if he is the president-elect, the Post reported.
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Before that, he was protected by the Secret Service until six months after he left the White House in 2017. All former vice presidents are protected for an additional six months.
On regular Election Nights, when the race is called within hours after the polls have ended, the Secret Service details are often aggregated that night. But Biden will get extra protection now as the race has continued through the weekend.
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A similar situation happened in the infamous 2000 election, which had not been decided for more than a month. Then-Vice President Al Gore continued to receive his Vice-President protections until the last race was called for Republican candidate George W. Bush in December, according to Post.
Meanwhile, President Trump’s campaign has encountered a number of legal challenges related to counting votes in battlefield states.
As of early Friday morning, Biden had 264 electoral votes and Trump had 214, according to Fox News’s Decision Desk.
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Both the Secret Service and Operation Biden declined to comment on the report for security reasons.