Bernie Sanders urges systemic change at overflowing Durham auditorium Friday

A nearly 16,000-square-foot ballroom couldn’t fit all of Bernie Sanders’ supporters at the Durham Convention Center Friday.

The room got so packed that the fire marshal pushed hundreds of the 3,100 in attendance to an overflow room that was larger than a football field, which practically filled up too. The Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont senator spoke to the overflow room first.

“The good news is we had a standing-room crowd,” Sanders said. “The bad news is you could not get in.”

Ahead of the March 3 N.C. primary, electric enthusiasm filled the air for Sanders in Durham, a progressive stronghold in a key Super Tuesday state that Sanders sees as crucial to winning the nomination. In front of a jubilant crowd that danced to Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” the avowed Democratic socialist railed against the establishment and President Donald Trump as he touted his signature social programs.

“If we stand together as one people, we will not only defeat Trump, we will transform this country,” Sanders said. “We’re making the establishment a little bit nervous.”

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