Road trip: Behind the scenes at the MSNBC Democratic debate

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Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will debate one-on-one for the first time on Thursday, just days before the race to be the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee closes in on its second contest — this time in New Hampshire.

The debate, which will be moderated by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd, will air live from the University of New Hampshire in Durham beginning at 9 p.m. ET.  Fresh off her photo-finish win in Iowa, Clinton faces strong competition from Sanders in the Granite State, which borders his home in Vermont. 

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What exactly goes into broadcasting a live presidential debate? Before the lights go on, the cameras roll, and the debate heats up on MSNBC, a lot of preparation happens behind the scenes. Here’s your chance to follow along as the MSNBC team readies for the final Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary.

Then don’t forget to tune in to MSNBC on your TV or the live stream of the debate online at MSNBC.com. And join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #DemDebate.

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and New Hampshire

Road trip: Behind the scenes at the MSNBC Democratic debate

Updated