Raleigh, N.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a rally in Raleigh on Friday morning, his campaign announced.
Admission is free, on a first-come, first-served basis for the "Future to Believe In Rally" to be held downtown at Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 10 a.m., and Sanders is expected to speak around noon.
A WRAL News poll conducted over the past weekend shows Sanders trailing his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, by a wide margin. Clinton will campaign in Durham Thursday afternoon.
Of 1,555 likely voters surveyed statewide, Clinton holds a commanding lead of 57 percent to 34 percent among likely Democratic voters. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.
Sanders' strengths in North Carolina are similar to those reported based on polling elsewhere – with younger voters and with independent voters who tend to favor a Democrat.
He holds a 64-34 percent advantage over Clinton among voters ages 18 to 34 in the WRAL News poll. Once voters hit age 35, however, the polling clearly favors Clinton, with anywhere from 18- to 51-point margins in her favor.
Sanders also holds a distinct advantage among the relatively small number of Latinos surveyed.