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Sanders finally loses U.S. Secret Service protection

Democratic Hillary Clinton attends a rally with Sen. Bernie Sanders at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

More than a month after the Democratic Party's presidential primary came to an effective close, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is no longer under the protection of the U.S. Secret Service.

The sharp drop-off came a day after Sanders formally endorsed Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire on Tuesday. At that event, both Clinton and Sanders had protection.

But on Wednesday, as Sanders is set to appear at the League of United Latin American Citizens conference in Washington, the trademark signs of Sanders's USSS detail were nowhere to be found.

The conference on Tuesday night informed reporters that there would be no need to arrive early for Sanders's event because the USSS would no longer be screening attendees, which is standard practice for officials under the agency's protection.

After the June 7 primaries, Clinton became the party's presumptive nominee, but Sanders remained in the race. And USSS agents continued to provide around the clock protection.

Speaking on CBS on Wednesday morning, Sanders joked that there are good and bad things about losing his contingent of protectors.

"Now I don’t have to tell anybody when I’m going to the bathroom," Sanders joked. "But those guys did an excellent job."