Hillary Clinton visiting Raleigh for campaign rally

Hillary Clinton

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – Hillary Clinton will speak at a rally in Raleigh on Wednesday afternoon.

It’s her bid to capture the state’s electoral votes for a Democrat for just the second time since 1976.

Supporters have been outside at an exposition center at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds waiting for hours for the presumptive Democratic nominee to make her first appearance in the Tar Heel State since she seemingly won the nomination.

The former secretary of state and first lady last visited the state the day before the state’s March 15 presidential primary.

9 On Your Side’s WNCT Katie Harden and WNCT Zora Stephenson are in the capital covering the event.

Doors to the event open at 12:30 p.m. and supporters say they’re ready to get out of the heat. Many people have traveled from around the state to see Clinton.

Secret Service, the Wake County sheriff and Raleigh Police are on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Clinton is expected to speak at 2:30, but not before the entire area is swept head to toe and all outside areas are secured. Supporters at the event say they appreciate the safeguards in place.

Those safeguards though take time.

9 On Your Side spoke with a supporter that was the first in line.

While a number of people are around the corner waiting in long lines, one Clinton supporter got a special invitation to attend the rally.

UNC Chapel Hill junior Aidan Hennessy is in a special group of students that will actually get a seat inside the venue. There’s a number of things he wants the presumptive nominee to address, but his main concern is education.

“As a student, I am recognizing that in these days debt is so high and that Hillary Clinton has previously voted to try to reduce college debt,” explained Aidan Hennessy, UNC junior.

When asked about the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, Hennessy says he doesn’t follow him much.

The campaigns of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Roy Cooper and U.S. Senate nominee Deborah Ross told The Associated Press they won’t be attending Clinton’s event.

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory didn’t attend Donald Trump’s rally in Greensboro last week but participated in a fundraiser for the GOP beforehand with Trump.

Barack Obama won North Carolina’s electoral votes in 2008.

9 On Your Side will talk to someone from Carteret County to find out what they are looking to hear from Clinton. That’s coming up in our later newscasts with more from the rally beginning at 5 and on wnct.com and the WNCT 9 mobile app.

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