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Now that the results are in, we asked Democratic delegates to strategize about how their candidate could win in Illinois

As the results came in on Super Tuesday, Democratic delegates began brainstorming ideas about how their candidate could win in Illinois on March 15th.

Northwest suburban Hanover Park Trustee Herb Porter has long been a supporter of Hillary Clinton. This election season, he has three college graduates in his family who are all struggling with student debt.  And he’ll be honest, he likes Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Porter says free education for all sounds nice, but he doesn’t think it’s gonna work.

“You can’t discriminate who you’re gonna provide it for, so do we want Bruce Rauner’s children or Donald Trump’s children or other billionaires and millionaires children, to have access to free education while you’re going to be taxing middle income people to pay for that?” he said. “So there’s problems with that.”

Porter watched as Clinton picked up a majority of the super Tuesday states, and in order to add Illinois to that list on March 15th, he says Clinton needs to stay consistent.

“I hope she doesn’t get in front of herself. I think she needs to concentrate on winning the nomination, there will be plenty of time to deal with Donald Trump,” Porter said.

But on the Sanders side, State Rep. Will Guzzardi said his candidate should focus on the possibility that Donald Trump could be the GOP nominee.

“National polls have Hillary Clinton in a neck and neck race against Donald Trump, which gives us a coin flip chance that we have a racist, fascist madman as the next president of this country, that’s not a chance I want to take,” Guzzardi said. “Sen. Sanders polls considerably ahead of Donald Trump.”

Guzzardi isn’t discouraged that Sanders didn’t win as many states as Clinton on Super Tuesday. For one thing, he said many of those states are demographically more aligned with Clinton. He thinks Sanders will really resonate in states like Illinois that have big, diverse urban centers like Chicago.

And as other Sanders delegates like to remind you, not even half the states have voted by Super Tuesday.

Lauren Chooljian covers city politics for WBEZ. Follow her @laurenchooljian.

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