Sanders visits Raleigh in days before presidential primary

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks the Fort Museum Opera House in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – 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 October, 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.

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