Dem pollster says it's 'misstated wisdom' to assume competitive primaries damage presidential nominees

Democratic pollster Molly Murphy said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "What America's Thinking" that it's "misstated wisdom" to say that presidential nominees are always damaged after crowded primaries. 

“Clearly, competitive primaries historically have not had a negative impact on whoever won," Murphy, a partner at ALG Research told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on Monday. 

"There was a competitive Republican primary, and [President] Trump won. There was a competitive Democratic primary, and President Obama was elected," she continued. 

"I think it's a little bit of a misstated wisdom to say, 'Oh a competitive primary, they emerge wounded, and therefore someone else is stronger.' I don't think that is necessarily true," she said. 

Murphy's comments come as a slew of names has been floated as potential Democratic presidential candidates including former Vice President Biden, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Overnight Health Care: Cigarette smoking rates at new low | Spread of vaping illness slowing | Dems in Congress push to block Trump abortion rule Democratic senators introduce bill to push ICE to stop 'overuse' of solitary confinement MORE (D-Calif.), as well as Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (D-Texas).

— Julia Manchester