In this week's episode of "Beyond the Bubble," our weekly McClatchy newspapers political podcast, we asked Florida Democratic political consultant Steve Schale about the race to replace Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen -- specifically, whether it might hurt Democrats hunting for someone to challenge Rep. Carlos Curbelo.
"I worry about that," Schale said.
A bunch of Democrats have expressed interest in Ros-Lehtinen's seat -- but so far no one has filed against Curbelo. Both Republicans represent Democratic-leaning, Miami-based seats.
"Good candidates for any elected office tend to be very rational actors," Schale said. "If you look at history, it's always easier to win an open seat."
Ros-Lehtinen's 27th district "is probably four to five points better for a Democrat" than Curbelo's 26th district, Schale added. "I do think that a lot of your top-tier candidates are going to look at this seat first."
But Schale noted that if a strong competitor emerges in the Ros-Lehtinen field, others might then shift their campaigns elsewhere.
Listen to the full interview below.