Photos: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders battle in MSNBC debate

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders at the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H.
  • Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders greet the audience before the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets the audience before the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H.
  • Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders greet the audience before the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H.
  • The audience reacts at the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H.
  • Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders greet the audience before the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H.
  • The media filing room at the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H.
  • Behind the scenes before the MSNBC Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H.
  • Bernie Sanders supporters await the candidates arrival at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. 

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On Thursday, February 4, Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met in Durham, New Hampshire, for their first head-to-head debate since Martin O’Malley dropped out of the race.

Locked in a tight race for the party nomination, the candidates squared off at the University of New Hampshire with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and NBC News’ Chuck Todd moderating the evening.

The debate was the final Democratic faceoff before the New Hampshire primary on February 9. Clinton edged out a narrow apparent win over Sanders in the Iowa caucuses, the nation’s first contest of the 2016 election, but polls show the former secretary of state well behind the Vermont senator in the Granite State.

These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theater” which examines the landscape of the American political system.

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