BY MIKE VALERIO
Preparations are already underway for Bernie Sanders to take the stage here at Norfolk's Scope Arena.
Capacity is just over 10,000 people, so let's see if he can fill the venue at noon on a Tuesday.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and, of course, Sanders is here because we're now one week away from Virginia voting in Super Tuesday.
As for where Sanders stands...
According to a recent Christopher Newport University Poll:
Hillary Clinton leads Sanders with Virginia's likely Democratic primary voters, 52% to 40%.
And that's the case, even though Sanders has a higher favorability mark.
But that still might not be saying much.
50% of voters say they don't like Sanders. And that mark is higher for Clinton at 59%.
But Clinton still has a comfortable lead - and very telling as to how comfortable she feels, we still have no confirmed Clinton events here in Virginia.
If she were in trouble, she would be here.
At stake, 95 Virginia delegates on Super Tuesday. That's the third biggest prize for Democrats, behind Texas and Georgia.
Also worth noting, most Virginia Democrats (68%) and Independents (57%) are unconcerned by the label of a "Democratic-Socialist."
And who votes on Super Tuesday for the Democrats? We have 11 states plus American Samoa.
Bernie Sanders' last major Virginia rally was in September at Liberty University. After Norfolk on Tuesday, he heads to Oklahoma, another state voting on Super Tuesday.