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With only a few hours until the first Democratic presidential debate, Las Vegas prepares for Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee to face off for the Democratic ticket. 

Look behind the scenes as politicians speak to voters and as media prepares the debate stage. 

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton prepares to leave after speaking to union members gathered in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas (named and founded by leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump) in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 12, 2015. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to union members gathered in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas, October 12, 2015. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada addresses the media ahead of the Democratic presidential debate at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, October 13, 2015. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk near a billboard with a picture of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders advertising the upcoming Democratic presidential debate at the Wynn Las Vegas resort, October 12, 2015. (Joe Raedle AFP/Getty)
Members of the media take photographs of the stage during a walk-through ahead of the first Democratic presidential debate. While tonight's debate will probably lack the name-calling and sharp jabs of the Republican face-offs, there's still potential for strong disagreements among the party's leading contenders. (Bloomberg AFP/Getty)
Workers walk on the stage to set up for the Democratic presidential candidates: former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Photographs of Democratic presidential candidates hang on their debate podiums a day before the CNN/Facebook Democratic Debate in Las Vegas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
People walk near the stage set up for the Democratic presidential candidates a day before the CNN/Facebook Democratic Debate. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A camera operator prepares for the Democratic presidential candidates to arrive. Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
During a rehearsal, people stand in as the Democratic presidential candidates while the stage is prepared for the candidates' arrival. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Signs for Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Lincoln Chafee are shown in the spin room before the presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate. (Joe Raedle AFP/Getty)
An advertisement first Democratic presidential debate is displayed outside of the the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino ahead of the event in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. While tonight's first Democratic presidential debate will probably lack the name-calling and sharp jabs of the Republican face-offs, there's still potential for strong disagreements between the party's leading contenders. (Bloomberg AFP/Getty)

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