COLUMBIA, S.C. (Diya TV) — Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is set to receive protection from the U.S. Secret Service following a surge in threats against her during her 2024 campaign, as recommended by top congressional leaders, sources familiar with the matter revealed to The Associated Press.

The decision to provide a protective detail for Haley comes after a thorough evaluation of the seriousness of the threats and a review of national polling data by the committee of leaders. The recommendation has been passed on to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for final approval.

Once authorized, the Secret Service will deploy standby security teams to ensure the safety of the former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador. The timing of the deployment could be immediate, ensuring Haley’s security on the same day as the authorization is granted.

While the person disclosing this information to AP preferred to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the security arrangements, it’s evident that concerns about Haley’s safety have prompted swift action from authorities.

The protection granted by the Secret Service is mandated by law for presidential and vice presidential candidates and their families within 120 days of a general election. However, recent trends have shown requests for candidate protection coming in earlier than in previous election cycles.

Nikki Haley’s decision to seek Secret Service protection follows a series of unsettling incidents, including a hoax “swatting” call targeting her home and disruptive protests at her campaign events. Haley described one incident where law enforcement officers arrived at her home with guns drawn after a false report of a crime.

Acknowledging the risks she faces, Haley emphasized the need for heightened security measures to ensure the safety of herself and her family. The incidents underscore the challenges faced by political figures amid heightened tensions and polarization.

As Haley prepares to navigate the remainder of her campaign, the provision of Secret Service protection reflects a concerted effort to safeguard her well-being in the face of escalating threats and security concerns.