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Santorum to get Secret Service protection; Gingrich asks for it

FEBRUARY 22: Republican presidential candidates former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich participate in a debate sponsored by CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona at the Mesa Arts Center February 22, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona.
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Rick Santorum will be getting Secret Service protection beginning Tuesday, a campaign aide said on Monday.

Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, heads into Tuesday's contests in Michigan and Arizona as one of the race's top candidates after winning in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri earlier this month.

Santorum would be the second candidate still in the race to get protection. Mitt Romney already has it.

A Newt Gingrich campaign aide who asked not to be named confirmed that the Gingrich campaign requested Secret Service protection last week as well. The campaign was awaiting word on whether the request would be granted. The aide was unable to give more details.

Ron Paul has not requested protection. He has said before that he would not ask for Secret Service protection before he was president because it would be a waste of taxpayer money.

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