Gingrich receives Secret Service protection

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and his security team in January. Mr. Gingrich has now been granted Secret Service protection. Photo: Charles Krupa / AP.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and his security team in January. Mr. Gingrich has now been granted
Secret Service protection. Photo: Charles Krupa / AP.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich was granted Secret Service protection on Wednesday. The republican presidential candidate had made a request for an official security detail at the end of last month.

Secret Service protection is usually granted to presidential nominees. However, candidates are allowed to make a request earlier on under federal law. Provided they meet a certain number of conditions, which are determined by their poll results and level of fund raising, their request is usually met by the Department of Homeland Security.

Apart from Texas Congressman Ron Paul, all the Republican presidential candidates now receive Secret Service protection. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has been receiving such protection since Feb. 1, whereas former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum was granted the service a week ago.

Mr. Gingrich received the special protection the day following his primary win in Georgia. The former House speaker garnered the support of 47 percent of the electorate. Prior to the vote, Mr. Gingrich hinted that the Peach State primary was a must-win contest. “If I can’t carry my home state where people know me, I would have no credibility,” he said.

Mr. Gingrich did not take part in the Virginia primary. On Feb. 7, he decided to drop his lawsuit against the Virginia State Board of Elections
. His decision followed a Jan. 13 ruling by U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. In his ruling, the judge stated that “Had the plaintiffs filed a timely suit, the court would likely have granted preliminary relief. In essence, they played the game, lost, and then complained that the rules were unfair,” he said.

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