State Rep. Joe Salazar says Bernie Sanders would have beaten Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. 

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Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated that former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb is a member of a Democratic Party unity reform commission. While Webb introduced the formation of the commission at last summer's national convention, its members have not been named. 

Colorado State Rep. Joe Salazar voted for Hillary Clinton in last week's presidential election, saying the loss of the White House was made doubly tough because he felt the Democratic Party could have maintained control of the Oval Office if a different candidate had been at the top of the ticket.

"Hillary Clinton was a flawed candidate ... and she was an easy target for Donald Trump," the Thornton democrat said. "They wouldn't have been able to do that with Bernie Sanders."

Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton)

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In the aftermath of the election, Democrats across the country are pondering what went wrong. Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, for example, has worked with a unity reform commission that will explore the nominating process. Salazar attended the Democratic National Convention as a delegate for Sanders, who won Colorado's caucuses.

Salazar and Sanders delegate Skip Madsen spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.

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