By law, major presidential candidates and their spouses automatically get Secret Service protection within 120 days of a presidential election. But the secretary of Homeland Security may also grant protective status to other candidates based on recommendations of an advisory committee composed mainly of congressional leaders.
Cain was in New Hampshire on Thursday, without a protective detail. Edwin Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman, would not say when precisely that would begin but that it would be soon.
He would not say whether there were any specific threats that spurred the decision to grant Cain protected status.