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Bernie Sanders coming Friday to Raleigh, gets Senate candidate’s backing

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at the Univision, Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Miami.
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at the Univision, Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Miami. AP

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will bring his Democratic presidential campaign to downtown Raleigh on Friday morning with a rally at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.

Sanders will discuss college affordability, immigration reform and the economy at the rally, according to a statement from his campaign.

The program will begin at noon in the auditorium at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center at 2 E. South Street. Doors will open at 10 a.m.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served.

For security reasons, attendees are asked not to bring bags and to bring only small, personal items such as keys and cell phones. Chairs and signs or banners on sticks will not be allowed, and weapons will be banned, of course.

Parking is available for a fee in nearby lots. Public transit will be available via the R-Line bus to the Raleigh Convention Center.

A day before Sanders’ appearance, U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Griffin announced that he’s endorsing the Vermont senator. Griffin, a Durham businessman, faces former state Rep. Deborah Ross and two others in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Sanders has received few endorsements from North Carolina politicians.

“Sen. Sanders has always put people above politics, and his entire career has been about solving problems, rather than playing the same old partisan games,” Griffin said in a news release late Thursday.

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