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Bill Clinton Campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Chicago on Election Day

The former president appeared with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle outside a polling place on Chicago's South Side Tuesday morning

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    Former President Bill Clinton campaigned on Chicago's South Side for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, appearing alongside Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to talk to voters as they cast their ballots in Illinois' presidential primary. (Published Tuesday, March 15, 2016)

    Former President Bill Clinton stopped by a polling place on Chicago's South Side Tuesday morning to speak with voters on Illinois' primary Election Day. 

    "I want to help stir up voter interest, get the biggest possible turnout," Clinton said after shaking hands and posing for photos outside Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

    Clinton appeared with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Kim Foxx, candidate for Cook County State's Attorney.

    When asked if he is worried about a repeat of Michigan's outcome, he said no.

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    "I mean in Michigan, we always knew it was gonna be close and we made a decision to try to make sure we did as well as we could," he said. "Hillary spent a lot of time in Michigan just trying to help Flint. She wound up spending relatively less time campaigning and we worked hard in Mississippi and got a great 66 point victory down there, the biggest one of the election."

    When asked about Bernie Sanders' apparent surge in Illinois polls, Clinton made a distinction between the two candidates for the Democratic nomination. 

    "This should be a race for president. There is a blame candidate and a responsibility candidate in this race. I'm betting the responsibility candidate will win."

    The former President also made a stop earlier in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, greeting young chidren and voters flanked by Congressman Danny K. Davis as well as Attorney General Lisa Madigan. 

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    "It’s a big election and you know there’s been a lot of activity, so I just wanted to be here on Election Day," he said. 

    “Chicago has been really good to me and our family", he added. "I love coming here and I thought it would the best place to be on Election Day.”

    After Clinton's campaign stops in Illinois, some people took to social media to criticize the former president, saying that his campaign tactics were in violation of election law. But those complaints had not reached the city’s election board.

    "We have no complaints of a candidate's spouse going inside the polling place," Jim Allen, spokesperson for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, told NBC 5 of allegations that Clinton had entered Beulah Shoesmith Elementary.

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