Hillary Clinton Email: Local Democratic Leaders Stirred, Not Shaken

Some stand by Clinton but some wonder whether their party needs another choice.

“Everybody has a private email account. The fact that she has one doesn’t seem to make a big difference," Polk County Democratic Chair Tom Henderson told ABC News. "I don’t think voters know why it’s important yet."

Martin Peterson from Crawford County, Iowa, expressed concerns over a lack of options.

"Unfortunately there are no other candidates- I wish there were," Peterson said to ABC News. "It won’t be competitive enough and we’ll probably lose because I don’t think it will play out well for us. Now how about that for pessimism?"

Clinton’s team has said it has handed over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department for review, and while the question of whether or not she broke any rules by purposefully avoiding a government-run email account is still up in the air, the optics of the controversy are the bigger issue, for some.

“She had the right it use it. But was it smart? Probably not,” Cedar County, Iowa, Democratic Party chair Larry Hodgden said. “It’s not illegal but this is just one more thing she’s opened herself up to controversy.”

Outside Iowa, other Democrats see the email controversy just as part of the inevitable political process.

"I will look for a blazing star [candidate] that will come out from nowhere in the next three months, that will blaze in the sky. That’s just not too plausible, unfortunately," he said.

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn told ABC News that he has "no pause" about Clinton, but a primary is necessary "if you have candidates who haven’t been battle-tested ... but we’ve had that conversation with Hillary Clinton and we have pretty much vetted her."

One of the most vocal Democratic voices speaking out against Clinton is Dick Harpootlian, one of Vice President Joe Biden's biggest supporters and a former Democratic Party chairman in South Carolina.

Harpootlian continued his criticisms today on CNN, saying that the assumption that Clinton is the frontrunner may save her from having to answer questions during the primary.

“Is that what we really want in a presidential candidate and is that really what we want in a president?” Harpootlian asked.

"Is she going to lose over the email account? Absolutely not. What I'm saying is this is symptomatic of a larger problem," he said.

National Republican figures have suggested Clinton’s conduct regarding the emails will be a campaign issue.

"Hillary Clinton must think we’re all suckers," Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Short said in a statement released Wednesday evening. "The fact Hillary Clinton set up a 'homebrewed' email system in her house to skirt federal recordkeeping regulations is a pretty good indicator of just how transparent she’s interested in being."

ABC News' Kirsten Appleton contributed to this report.