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The dramatic Democratic primary race takes its latest turn in New York on Thursday when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders face off at the CNN Democratic debate.

The primary contest between Clinton and Sanders has grown increasingly tense as the April 19 New York primary looms. Thursday night's debate will be the first time the pair has clashed since the rhetoric has turned more personal and more contentious.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) debate during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on April 14, 2016 in New York City. The candidates are debating ahead of the New York primary to be held April 19. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders speak simultaneously during a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) gestures towards rival candidate Senator Bernie Sanders as she speaks during a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Bernie Sanders both gesture during a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Members of the audience watch as Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders discuss issues during a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) looks on as rival candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Supporters of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton demonstrate before a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Supporters of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders demonstrate before a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Supporters of US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shout slogans outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard ahead of the CNN Democratic Debate on April 14, 2016, in New York. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders take their increasingly acrimonious battle for the Democratic White House nomination to a debate stage in Brooklyn on April 14th ahead of the key New York primary. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders demonstrate before a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
The Williamsburg Bridge stands past the media row before the start of the Democratic presidential candidate debate in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Thursday, April 14, 2016. While Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have tussled over energy policy, immigration, and gun control, it's the back-and-forth over Wall Street that has been most persistent through weeks of campaigning in the state. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A member of the media takes a photograph with a mobile device before the start of the Democratic presidential candidate debate in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Thursday, April 14, 2016. While Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have tussled over energy policy, immigration, and gun control, it's the back-and-forth over Wall Street that has been most persistent through weeks of campaigning in the state. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Attendees hold signs in support of Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, not pictured, before the start of the Democratic presidential candidate debate in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Thursday, April 14, 2016. While Sanders and Hillary Clinton have tussled over energy policy, immigration, and gun control, it's the back-and-forth over Wall Street that has been most persistent through weeks of campaigning in the state. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's supporters shout slogans outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard ahead of the CNN Democratic Debate on April 14, 2016, in New York. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders take their increasingly acrimonious battle for the Democratic White House nomination to a debate stage in Brooklyn on April 14th ahead of the key New York primary. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shout slogans outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard ahead of the CNN Democratic Debate on April 14, 2016, in New York. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders take their increasingly acrimonious battle for the Democratic White House nomination to a debate stage in Brooklyn April 14th ahead of the key New York primary. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gather outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard before Clinton faces Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, in the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate there on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The stage stands before the start of the Democratic presidential candidate debate in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Thursday, April 14, 2016. While Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have tussled over energy policy, immigration, and gun control, it's the back-and-forth over Wall Street that has been most persistent through weeks of campaigning in the state. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Over the past few weeks Sanders has called Clinton's judgement into question, saying she is "clearly lacking" in that particular area. While Clinton has criticized Sanders over the soundness of his policies.

Thursday's CNN debate is the last meeting between both candidates currently on the schedule, and fireworks are likely to fly as the race for the White House heats up.

Live coverage from the CNN Democratic debate:

8:59 PM: VermontSenator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton introduced by CNN debate moderator Wolf Blitzer.

9:00 PM: "The reason our campaign is doing well is because we are doing something very radical -- we are telling the truth," Sanders said in his opening statement.

9:03 PM: Clinton promoted her time serving as a New York senator and said she plans to "build on the values we have in New York and to bring those to Washington."

9:05 PM: Clinton said Bernie questioning her qualifications was a "first" for her.

9:10 PM: The former secretary of state immediately brought up Sanders' recent interview blunder with the NY Daily News, saying when asked about one of his major stances -- breaking up the banks -- he could not answer.

9:19 PM: Sanders asked for an example of how Clinton's speech money has influenced her work, Clinton fires back saying, "He cannot come up with any examples because there aren't any examples, It may be inconvenient, but it is important to get the facts straight."

9:28 PM: Sanders revealed he will release last year's tax returns tomorrow, said they're pretty "boring."

9:31 PM: Clinton is asked if a bill is on her desk to raise the federal minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour would she sign it, "of course I would." Sanders says, "I'm sure a lot of people are surprised to hear you support a 15 dollar minimum wage."

9:41 PM: Sanders asked if he owes an apology to Sandy Hook families for opposing crime victims' lawsuits against gun makers. "I don't think I owe them an apology." "I support them," Sanders said.

9: 51 PM: Sanders goes after Clinton when asked about her past use of the word "superpredator." The Vermont senator says, "It was a racist term and everybody knew it was a racist term."

10:05 PM: Clinton fires back at Sanders, "It's easy to diagnose the problem. It's harder to do something about the problem."

10:12 PM: In response to a question about funding NATO, Sen. Sanders said he does believe European countries should pay more towards their defense.

10:20 PM: When asked if Israel's response against the Palestinians in Gaza was "disproportionate," Sanders said he believes it was and called out the former secretary of state for not directly answering the question.

10:35 PM: Both candidates confirmed their belief in universal health care, however they feuded over their different views on public college education.

10:44 PM: When asked about her position about the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Clinton said she "fully supports the president."

10:46 PM: Clinton brought up the topic of women's rights. "We are never asked about this." She said she would love to discuss women's reproductive rights and right to choose.

10:48 PM: "We've got to expand spending for Planned Parenthood," Sanders said responding to Clinton's comments about women's rights.

10:49 PM: Sanders responded to a moderator's question about Clinton's previous comments that questioned whether he is even a Democrat, saying "Why would I be running for the Democratic nomination if I am not a Democrat?"

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