Should US political parties interfere in primaries?

A man votes as District of Columbia voters head to the polls in the final 2016 U.S. Democratic primary in Washington, DC.

Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck responds to criticisms of the Democratic Party for interfering in congressional primaries and argues that helping determine which candidates run under the party banner is one of the party’s most important powers.

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Elaine C. Kamarck is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates. She is a superdelegate to the Democratic convention.