US Elections: Secret Service increases Biden’s security ahead of possible victory

The college votes necessary to be declared the winner are pegged at 270.
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US Democrat Presidential Candidate, Joe Biden

For Democrat Joe Biden, who, barring any unforeseen circumstances, may be named the President-Elect of the country late Friday, the United States Secret Service has enhanced the protection detail.

With 264 Electoral College votes to his credit, Biden is currently leading the presidential race, while his closest rival, President Donald Trump, has 214 Electoral College votes.

The college votes necessary to be declared the winner are pegged at 270.

Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina are awaiting final results from the nation. In Georgia and Nevada, Biden is already leading and Pennsylvania seems to be tilting towards him.

According to the Washington Post report, after the Democratic nominee's campaign noted that they would require the use of the Wilmington Convention Center for at least one more day with suggestions that the former vice president could make a major speech on Friday, the Secret Service has detailed more agents to Delaware, Biden's hometown, to increase the amount of protection around him.

Although the Secret Service does not publicly discuss its security arrangements for the president or the candidates it protects, at the Chase Center at the Riverfront convention centre in Wilmington, dozens of agents are currently providing security for the Biden campaign.

Although the security detail of Biden has increased since early Friday, the number is not the full protective detail that a president-elect would normally accompany, but it is higher than its present setup, DailyMail reported.

Part of the nation’s Secret Service mission reads:

“The Secret Service is recognized for the physical protection it provides to the nation’s highest elected leaders, visiting foreign dignitaries, facilities and major events.

“In order to ensure a secure environment for protectees, the Secret Service integrates a variety of innovative technologies and maintains a highly skilled and motivated workforce.”

Biden had earlier received Secret Service protection in March for protection as a presidential candidate, sources familiar with the matter told CNN back then.

“The US Secret Service can confirm Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, along with the Congressional Advisory Committee has authorized that the Secret Service provide physical protection for the presidential candidate, former vice president Joseph Biden,” a Secret Service spokesperson said in a statement quoted by CNN.

Biden’s Secret Service was code named “Celtic,” according to two sources familiar with the matter, which was his code name as vice-president.