Florida's 13th District, which Harris currently represents in Congress, is historically Republican. But the GOP candidate to replace Harris, Vern Buchanan, isn't faring well in the current climate. A recent Democratic poll even showed his challenger, Christine Jennings, beating him by eight points.
And that's not all: the Florida governor's race is tight, and expected to get tighter. If Harris' candidacy discourages GOP moderates from going to the polls on election day, as we've discussed before, it could hurt Republican candidate Charlie Crist, who's been unable to top 49 percent in polls for the gubernatorial race. Meanwhile, support for the Democratic challenger, Jim Davis -- still unknown to two in every five Floridians -- continues to rise, polling recently at 43 percent. "Davis has a lot more room to grow for people to view him favorably," pollster Del Ali told the Bradenton Herald last week. "Once they view him favorably, they can turn into his votes."
Finally, the race for Florida's 22nd District House seat could also get thrown to the Dems if GOP voters don't show up at the polls. The most recent poll -- albeit from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee -- shows Rep. Clay Shaw (R) clinging to a four-point lead over his challenger, State Sen. Ron Klein (D).