Clinton fundraisers in Durham, Greensboro expected to raise $400,000

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bill Clinton
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2015 file photo, former President Bill Clinton listens to his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speak in Ames, Iowa. The former president is going on a fundraising swing reminiscent of his presidential campaigns during the 1990s, hauling in campaign cash for wife Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2016 bid. Clinton's team has scheduled more than a dozen events in December headlined by the former president as her campaign prepares for an end-of-2015 campaign finance deadline that will precede the first contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – Bill Clinton was in Durham Monday night on a fundraising visit for his wife’s campaign for president.

The former president appeared at private events for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in Greensboro earlier Monday. The minimum ticket price for the Greensboro event was $1,000 while the minimum price for the Durham event was $500.

An organizer at the private Durham event told WNCN the campaign expected to raise $200,000 at each event. Reporters were not allowed inside either event.

Bill Clinton is expected to attend more than a dozen December events for his wife as the end-of-the-year campaign finance deadline approaches.

“He’s an asset,” said Bruce Thompson, an attorney with Raleigh firm Parker & Poe, who is on the national finance committee for the Clinton campaign. “He’s an asset. And, not only is he popular in the Democratic Party, but his popularity in general is good. I think he plays well in North Carolina.”

But Dallas Woodhouse of the North Carolina Republican Party had a different view.

“The voters of North Carolina have rejected the Clinton machine three times, and they will do so a fourth time,” Woodhouse said. “We’ll highlight the flaws that people already know exist and promote what promises to be a very solid Republican candidate.”

WNCN spotted a couple former governors at the fund raiser, including Jim Hunt and Bev Perdue.

Hillary Clinton appeared at North Carolina fundraisers earlier this year. An organizer said she is not expected back in North Carolina soon.

Hillary Clinton is the heavy favorite to win the nomination.

“If Bernie Sanders were to pull an upset in one of the early states, we could see that change even North Carolina’s dynamics,” Meredith College professor David McLennan said. “But, it just doesn’t look like, particularly as the issues shift to foreign policy, that Hillary Clinton’s at all vulnerable.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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