The presidential campaign: Hillary Clinton

  • Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaign on June 27, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaign on June 27, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaign on June 27, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • A supporter of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton attends a campaign event feature Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren on June 27, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Oxnard, Calif. on June 4, 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 holds a rally in Oxnard, California, June 4, 2016. 
  • Supporters of Hillary Clinton listen to her speak at a rally in Oxnard, Calif. on June 4, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton greets supporters at her victory rally in Md., April 26, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at her victory rally in Md., April 26, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton supporters cheer after her victories were announced at Clinton’s primary victory rally, April 26, 2016 in Md.
  • A Hillary Clinton supporter wears a home-made Hillary pantsuit at Clinton’s primary victory rally, April 26, 2016 in Md.
  • Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem in New York, March 30, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem in New York, March 30, 2016.
  • Supporters of Hillary Clinton listen as she speaks at a rally at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem in New York, March 30, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton listens to the national anthem at the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and herself at the Navy Yard in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 14, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton approaches the stage at the AIPAC conference in Washington, DC, March 21, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, appears on stage at the AIPAC conference in Washington, DC, March 21, 2016.
  • Supporters wave American flags at a rally for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on March 1, 2016.
  • Supporters cheer during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Norfolk, Va., on Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally in Norflk, Va., on Feb. 29, 2106.
  • Hillary Clinton arrives at a town hall with students at New England College in Henniker, N.H., Feb. 6, 2016. 
  • Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Manchester, N.H. on Feb. 8, 2016 ahead of the primary that will be held in the state on Tuesday.
  • Hillary Clinton campaigns at the Abel Family Fun Center in Abel, Iowa, Jan. 27, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton holds a town hall with students at New England College in Henniker, N.H., Feb. 6, 2016. 
  • Hillary Clinton supporters pose for a photograph at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton holds a town hall with students at New England College in Henniker, N.H., Feb. 6, 2016. 
  • Hillary Clinton campaigns at the Abel Family Fun Center in Abel, Iowa, Jan. 27, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, appears with her father, Bill, at Hillary Clinton’s campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets fellow Democrats at a fund-raising dinner in New Hampshire, Sept. 18, 2015. 
  • Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laughs with a photographer before resuming her testimony for the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22, 2015.
  • Supports wait to attend a Hillary Clinton rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 29, 2016.
  • Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton departs the hearing room for a break after testifying before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Oct. 22, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 
  • Hillary Clinton speaks with a supporter at the Plymouth Area Democrats 10th Anniversary Dinner on Sept. 18, 2015 at The Common Man Inn & Spa in Plymouth, N.H.
  • A billboard showing a picture of Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton advertising the upcoming Democratic Presidential debate is seen at the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino on Oct. 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Hillary Clinton supporters attend a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Huma Abedin, long-time aide to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, watches as Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22, 2015.
  • Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a break of her testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22, 2015.
  • Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to a question posed by the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22, 2015.
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is seen after the first Democratic Presidential debate at the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino on Oct. 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22, 2015. 
  • Supporters at a Hillary Clinton rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 29, 2016.
  • A supporter and her dog attend a Hillary Clinton rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 29, 2016.
  • A supporter attends a rally for Hillary Clinton in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 29, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton supporters at rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, holds a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton look on as Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.

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As the Democratic presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton arguably boasts experience in government and on the campaign trail unparalleled by anyone in the 2016 presidential field — but that has also made her a high-profile target for attack, allowing critics to spotlight numerous controversies in her past.

The State Department continues to release thousands of emails from Clinton’s time as secretary of state after she faced criticism for using a personal email server while in that office. The issue led her Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders to exclaim during a debate that “the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”  

While Clinton hit the campaign trail hard throughout the year, focusing on early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, one of her most memorable moments in 2015 was her 11-hour testimony before the House Benghazi Special Committee on the attacks in Libya. Some Republican lawmakers went on the attack, particularly focusing on her friendship with Sidney Blumenthal and what influence he might have had on her.

In January, former president Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail for the first time in support of his wife, and he spoke about her early years as a lawyer, activist, and “change maker.” His involvement in her presidential bid has also led Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to take aim at the former president and his affair with Monica Lewinsky. 

Meanwhile, her daughter announced in late 2015 that Clinton would soon welcome a second grandchild into the Clinton family. 

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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