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 SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down MORE (D-Calif.), as well as Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE (D-Texas).

— Julia Manchester