Photos: Voters speak out ahead of California primary
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.