Things are starting to get a little hairy for Nikki Haley on the campaign trail.
During a recent event, a woman rushed the stage, but she was taken down by Haley’s private security.
Due to that event and other threats, Haley is now requesting Secret Service protection on the campaign trail.
I Need Protection
Generally, the presumptive nominee can request Secret Service protection during a presidential campaign, but it would be an exception for that protection to be extended while the primary race is still underway.
To that point, it is generally the responsibility of the campaign to provide security for its candidate.
Haley did not go into much detail about why she is requesting the Secret Service, at least not to the media, only saying that she has received threats.
My guess here is that with the race now being between Trump and Haley, Trump’s diehard supporters are starting to put some pressure on Haley to drop out.
When you are appearing at an event and have people rushing at you or getting in your face, it can be a bit tense, and I am sure that Haley is trying to avoid things getting out of control and it being something that her security team cannot handle.
Trump has started to make it personal with Haley, much as he did for the months leading up to Iowa when he was hammering DeSantis non-stop.
Even so, Haley says this will not stop her from continuing her campaign.
She stated, "It's not going to stop me from doing what I need to do.”
I honestly don’t expect this primary to last much longer before Haley decides to drop out of the race.
If she cannot carry South Carolina, and she is currently getting crushed in polling by Trump, there would be no need for Haley to continue her campaign into Super Tuesday.
In the last Monmouth University polling, Trump had a 58-32 lead against Haley, and there is no way she can flip that before the primary race.
At this point, anyone donating to her campaign is simply flushing money down the drain.
The only justification Haley can have at this point is that she is hoping one of Trump’s federal cases will conclude before the primary race is over, but I would imagine that Trump will be pretty close to shutting the door on her by the end of Super Tuesday regardless.