Former DNC chair insists Clinton beat Sanders 'fair and square'

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WASHINGTON (CBS) Donna Brazile appeared on "CBS This Morning" to say last year's Democratic primary was a clean fight.

"I found no instances that the party rigged the process and I wanted to make sure that Bernie and his supporters understood that," said Brazile, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee.

In her newly published book, "Hacks," Brazile revealed that in August 2015, the DNC struck a deal with Hillary Clinton's campaign to trade strategic and financial control of the committee for fundraising and investments.

"The party was broke and she gave the party a lifeline of resources in order for us to compete, and that's what she did for the general election," Brazile said.

But the revelation of the agreement prompted some, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and President Donald Trump, to claim the election was rigged.

Brazile now insists Clinton beat Bernie Sanders fair and square. But former Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver says they were fighting an uphill battle.

"There was a clear attempt, a pattern of behavior on the part of the leadership of the DNC at that time to tip the scale to Hillary Clinton," Weaver said.

Brazile's bombshell has some Democrats worried about their party's ability to win tough races, including today's gubernatorial race in Virginia.

"A political party's responsibility is to elect its candidates and they have not been doing a good job of that," Weaver said.

The race between Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie is being seen as a referendum on President Trump and a potential preview of what to expect in the 2018 and 2020 elections.