Democrats scored a majority victory in Florida this month when the state Supreme Court ordered the legislature to redraw the state's congressional-district map. The court ruled that Republican legislators had illegally packed Democrats into a few districts, demanding that lawmakers quickly redraw the boundaries to give Democratic voters a broader influence.
"In politics, you have to be careful what you wish for," said Agustin Corbella, a Republican consultant in Tallahassee. "The Democratic bench in Florida is small. There are not many appealing statewide candidates in their party. Now they have somebody considered a rising star in the party left without options."