The Bern still running - and keeping costly security detail

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to reporters after a meeting with President Barack Obama. (Evan Vucci, AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to reporters after a meeting with President Barack Obama. (Evan Vucci, AP)

Washington - Being mathematically eliminated from the Democratic presidential race hasn't stopped Bernie Sanders from continuing his White House bid or being protected by highly trained, costly Secret Service agents.

The Secret Service won't say what the agency is spending to protect Sanders. But in 2008 the agency's then-director estimated the daily cost to be anywhere from $37 000 to $44 000 to protect candidates, including then-Senator Barack Obama.

So when will Sanders' Secret Service detail stand down?

That's unclear.

Sanders can call for the security force to leave his side or formally drop out of the race. But short of that or a directive from Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, the armed security detail likely will surround him until July's Democratic convention.

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