Presidential candidates typically receive Secret Service protection around the time they win their party’s nomination. In 2007, Barack Obama, then a senator, was assigned protection nine months before voting began in the primaries.
Ms. Haley has increased security at her events in recent weeks. In South Carolina, reports filed with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office show that deputies have responded to at least two bogus reports at her home on Kiawah Island since December.
In the first, near 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 30, a caller told the authorities that he had shot his girlfriend dead inside the house, that there were children at the location and that he was threatening to harm himself, according to the incident report. Deputies said they showed their weapons when they arrived on the scene and told the three people inside to raise their hands. They soon discovered the call to be a hoax and the people inside to be Ms. Haley’s parents and a caretaker.
In the second episode, near 1 p.m. on Jan. 1, a caller claimed to have shot her daughter at the home and that she was “lying in a pool of blood,” but the authorities recognized the address and held off on sending multiple units, according to the report.
Ms. Haley called the experiences “traumatic” on the popular radio show “The Breakfast Club,” in speaking with the hosts, Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy. She was not home at the time, she said, adding that the authorities burst into the home after they spotted her mother, Raj Randhawa, and her father, Ajit Randhawa, through a window.