Photos: Voters speak out ahead of California primary

  • Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 6, 2016.
  • Jamie Foxx and Star Jones speak at a rally for Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 6, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton poses with a supporters at a rally in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 6, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton greets supporters at a rally in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 6, 2016.
  • Bernie Sanders holds a rally in San Diego, California, June 5, 2015. 
  • Bernie Sanders holds a rally in San Diego, California, June 5, 2015. 
  • Bernie Sanders holds a rally in San Diego, California, June 5, 2015. 
  • Bernie Sanders holds a rally in San Diego, Calif., June 5, 2015. 
  • Bernie Sanders holds a rally in San Diego, California, June 5, 2015. 
  • Bernie Sanders holds a rally in San Diego, California, June 5, 2015. 
  • Octavio Hernandez of San Diego poses in a Ché Guevara T-shirt at a Bernie Sanders rally on June 5, 2016. 
  • Families attend a First Holy Communion at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in San Diego, California, June 5, 2016. 
  • Families attend a First Holy Communion at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in San Diego, California, June 5, 2016. 
  • Micaela Xochitt Enrique of the Folklarilo Califaztlan dance group says, “as a Mexican-American, it’s very scary to not be viewed as a real American.”
  • The dance group Group Folklarilo Califaztlan practicing in Chicano Park in San Diego, June 5, 2016. 
  • Gordon Winslow, a U.S. citizen who lives in Tijuana, Mexico, is concerned about “the advancement of military armament,” he said. “The Russians keep building more arms we keep building more arms. It never ends.”
  • Millie Darling of San Diego, California, June 5, 2016. 
  • Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Oxnard, California, June 4, 2016. 
  • Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Oxnard, Calif., June 4, 2016. 
  • Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Oxnard, California, June 4, 2016. 
  • Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Oxnard, California, June 4, 2016. 
  • Ruben Flores of Oxnard, California, a disabled veteran, says he would like to see follow-through on programs Obama put into place, like health care reform, June 4, 2016. 
  • Tobis Santiago works as Charlie Chaplin on Hollywood Boulevard. “The homeless are the biggest issue,” he said. “They’re everywhere, something has to be done.”
  • Tents for the homeless on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, June 4, 2016. 
  • Tourists meet professional characters on Hollywood Boulevard, June 4, 2016. 
  • Theresa Ireland works as Marilyn Monroe on Hollywood Boulevard. She says she is concerned about voter fraud. “People are going out and voting and getting their voices heard, and it’s scaring some of the higher-ups.”
  • The Santa Maria Elks Rodeo.
  • The Santa Maria Elks Rodeo.
  • The Santa Maria Elks Rodeo.
  • The Santa Maria Elks Rodeo.
  • Queen of the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo, Taylor Glines, of Santa Maria, California, June 3, 2016.
  • The Santa Maria Elks Rodeo.
  • The Santa Maria Elks Rodeo.
  • The Santa Maria Elks Rodeo, June 3, 2016. 
  • Matt Roth of Paso Robles, California, attends the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo. He says he is also interested in immigration: “We need to stop them at the border.”
  • The Santa Maria Elks Rodeo.
  • Gary Gustafson in Santa Maria says he wants to see immigration reform: “I was married to a Hispanic, and they were trying for a green card and couldn’t get one. It needs to be more fair.”
  • As seen on Highway 101 en route to Santa Maria, California, June 3, 2016. 
  • A meal in Moss Landing, June 3, 2016. 
  • A woman stops for a meal in Moss Landing, California, June 3, 2016. 
  • A horse on the beach at Moss Landing, California, June 3, 2016. 
  • Joe Catanese and Lena Marie Fisher at Moss Landing in California say they’d “like to see less government and the social hammocks reduced so people are less dependent on government,” June 3, 2016. 
  • A farm along Moss Beach, California, June 3, 2016. 
  • Enrique Pila, who works a farm along Moss Beach, California, says it’s hard work to spend entire days hunched over, planting. 
  • Workers tend to a farm along Moss Beach, California, June 3, 2016. 
  • Workers tend to a farm along Moss Beach, California, June 3, 2016. 
  • Edward Schwartz from Walnut Creek, California, says he needs “a leader that’s going to advance America in the eyes of the world. It’s a big world, and we’re all different, but we need to learn to get along.”
  • A view of San Francisco, California, June 3, 2016. 
  • A pedestrian passes a homeless man on a sidewalk in San Francisco, California, June 3, 2016. 
  • Protesters clash with Donald Trump supporters outside of a campaign rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • Protesters clash with Donald Trump supporters outside of a campaign rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • Police guard a tense anti-Trump protest outside of a campaign rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • Protesters clash with Donald Trump supporters outside of a campaign rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • A Trump supporter is egged after having a confrontation with anti-Trump protesters outside of a campaign rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • Protesters clash with Donald Trump supporters outside of a campaign rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • Protesters are photographed outside of a Donald Trump rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • A demonstrator outside of a Donald Trump rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • The Golden Gate Bridge, June 2, 2016. 
  • Bernie Sanders holds a campaign rally in Modesto, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • Bernie Sanders holds a campaign rally in Modesto, Calif., June 2, 2016. 
  • Bernie Sanders holds a rally in Modesto, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • Actress and Bernie Sanders supporter Susan Sarandon sits for a portrait in Modesto, California, June 2, 2016. “The environment,” she said, “is the issue that will affect us all. And Bernie is the only candidate that opposes fracking.”
  • Eli Boyd of Modesto, California, on June 2, 2016, says what’s important is “getting rid of big business influence and making the top 1 percent pay their share.”
  • Jordan Sanchez of Modesto, California, says his big concern is the national debt, June 2, 2016. “It’s really big and we need to fix it,” he said. 
  • Protesters are met by police outside a rally for Donald Trump in Sacramento, California, June 1, 2016. 
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in Sacramento, California, June 1, 2016. 
  • Morgan Peyker and 2-month-old Dean at a Trump rally on June 1, 2016, say their hope is “to make it [America] safe for our babies and families.”
  • Donald Trump arrives to his rally in Sacramento, California, June 1, 2016. 
  • Bernie Pagenkopf (L) of Garden Valley, California, says her big concern is the economy. “I’m on fixed income, and things keep going up. If we have more people working, then it would help us all,” she said from a Trump rally on June 1, 2016. 
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in Sacramento, California, June 1, 2016. 
  • Dee Burdine from El Dorodo Hills, California, attends a Donald Trump rally, June, 1, 2016. What’s important, she says, is “getting back to our Constitution … to be a nation of laws … no more picking what you like and ignoring what you don’t like.”
  • As seen from Highway 99 en route to Sacramento, California, June 1, 2016. 
  • A storefront in downtown Los Angeles, California, May 31, 2016. 

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Voting in California’s primary opens in less than 24 hours, and the Democratic presidential candidates have been campaigning aggressively across the Golden State for over a week. The June 7 open primary is the biggest for the Democratic party, with 475 delegates at stake. Hillary Clinton is leading the race with 2,364 of the necessary 2,383 delegates following votes in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend. With so few delegates standing in her way, many are saying her nomination is inevitable, leaving one question on some people’s minds: What will Bernie Sanders do after tomorrow’?

Both candidates have been working communities from San Diego to Oxnard and Modesto, California, with voters coming out in droves. But Sanders continues to struggle against claims that his policy proposals are impractical, while Clinton hasn’t quite convinced everyone just yet—the latest NBC News/SurveyMonkey Election Tracking Poll reveals that the “majority of Americans dislike Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.”

For his part, Donald Trump continues to create controversy despite having clinched his party’s nomination. Last week, violence erupted outside a campaign rally held for the presumptive Republican nominee in San Jose. Over the weekend, Trump was at the center of deep criticism for making racist remarks about a Mexican-American judge presiding over the case against Trump University.

Tensions have reached peak intensity across this strikingly diverse state, which shares a border with Mexico, and Mark Peterson has been on the road for MSNBC speaking with farmers, cowboys, protesters and supporters.

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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