DNC chairwoman: If up to me, I’d exclude independents from Dem primaries
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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said if it was her decision, she would scrap open primaries and only allow voters registered as Democrats to participate in primaries.

"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 lawmaker said during an interview with "MSNBC Live" on Monday, according to The Washington Examiner.

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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states After Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward MORE (I-Vt.) frequently notes that his presidential campaign benefits from open primaries and that contests in which a large number of independents voters turnout help deliver him primary victories.

GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE has also enjoyed support in open primaries from independents and cross-over voters.

Wasserman Schultz and Democratic party leaders have been accused of trying to anoint Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE 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.