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 SandersJoe Biden lost his fastball — can he get it back before South Carolina? Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Bloomberg hits Sanders supporters in new ad MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisConway: Trump is 'toying with everybody' by attacking Bloomberg for stop-and-frisk comments The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina Beleaguered Biden turns to must-win South Carolina MORE (D-Calif.), as well as Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeKrystal Ball: Voters are coming to their own judgements about who is electable Warren campaign to host series of events in Texas Democrat attacks Trump's rhetoric, policies in Spanish-language State of the Union response MORE (D-Texas).

— Julia Manchester