While early, it is not unprecedented for the Secret Service to take over the security of a presidential candidate. In May 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama, who was running for the Democratic nomination, was placed under Secret Service protection and that time he was the first such person to receive a detail so earlier in the process. It was the earliest a candidate for president had received protection from this law enforcement agency. At the time, another Democratic candidate, then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, was already under Secret Service protection because she was a former first lady.
Cain checks in at 12 months prior to an official election so he can’t claim the earliest as President Obama can… I guess he could say he is the first Republican candidate to receive protection this early. I mean everyone wants to be in the history books…right?