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DNC chairwoman: If up to me, I'd exclude independents from Dem primaries

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 Sanders (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 Trump 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 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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