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 SandersWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Sanders slams decision not to charge officer who killed Eric Garner Cardi B says voters let Bernie Sanders down MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris slams DOJ decision not to charge police in Eric Garner's death Harris vows to 'put people over profit' in prescription drug plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet MORE (D-Calif.), as well as Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke raises .6 million in second quarter Biden support slips below 30 percent in new poll Biden proposes tax increases for wealthy as part of health care plan MORE (D-Texas).

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