- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on the visit by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (all times local):


3 p.m.

Bernie Sanders addressed a capacity crowd at a Raleigh auditorium, garnering cheers as he went through his platform.

Before the rally on Friday in the approximately 2,300-seat Memorial Auditorium, the senator from Vermont gave impromptu remarks to a crowd of people who couldn’t get in.

Inside the auditorium, Sanders told attendees that trade deals including NAFTA have cost North Carolina thousands of textile jobs.

He also said that he’s tired of seeing reports of fatal shootings by police

He said: “We must demilitarize local police departments,” to thunderous cheers.

Sanders devoted part of the speech to denouncing Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Trump received as much attention as Sanders’ rival for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton.

The crowd that included many young people chanted “Bernie! Bernie!” and “Feel the Bern!” before he came on stage.


4:15 a.m.

Bernie Sanders is returning to North Carolina to rally supporters in the final days before the state’s Democratic presidential primary.

The Vermont senator scheduled a campaign event at midday Friday at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. North Carolina is one of five states holding presidential primaries next Tuesday.

Sanders last held a public event in North Carolina last September, when more than 9,000 people attended a Sunday night rally.

Sanders’ primary rival Hillary Clinton held a rally Thursday afternoon in Durham.

For the Republican primary, Donald Trump visited Concord and Fayetteville this week while Ted Cruz was in Raleigh and Charlotte. Cruz also is expected to attend an event Sunday in Concord.


This story has been corrected to show under the 4:15 a.m. item that Sanders last visit to North Carolina was in September, not October.

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