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DNC Chairwoman: If up to Me, I’d Exclude Independents from Dem Primaries

If Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz had it her way, independents would not be able to run for the Democratic Party.

“I believe that the party’s nominee should be chosen — this is Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s opinion — that the party’s nominee should be chosen by members of the party,” the Florida Democrat said during an interview with “MSNBC Live” on Monday, according to The Washington Examiner.

The Hill reports:

States that have open primaries permit independent voters to participate in their Democratic or Republican contests.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) frequently notes that his presidential campaign benefits from open primaries and that contests where a large number of independents voters turnout help deliver him primary victories.

GOP front-runner Donald Trump has also enjoyed support from open primaries from independents and cross-over voters.

Wasserman Schultz and Democratic party leaders have come under fire this cycle and have been accused of trying to anoint Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton as the party’s standard bearer. Wasserman Schultz faced criticism for the number of primary debates, which some accused the DNC of limiting.

Clinton currently leads Sanders by 327 pledged delegates. Her delegate lead swells when superdelegates are included. She holds a narrow lead over the Vermont senator in Tuesday’s Indiana primary.

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