Tea party conservative David Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., became known as a giant slayer with his surprise defeat of the second-most powerful member of the House.
Brat will face off against Jack Trammell, also a professor at Randolph-Macon, a college of about 1,300 undergraduates, where he teaches sociology. Trammell joined the race just the weekend before Tuesday's primary election, selected unanimously on a conference call with the district's Democratic committee.
Brat may be coming into the race with an advantage: Fresh off his victory over Cantor, Brat has higher recognition and about $40,000 in the bank. But Trammell seems to have a slight edge on the ultimate arbiter in university life: his Rate My Professors score.
One of Brat's three reviewers calls him "passionate about what he teaches and makes you want to learn."
But Brat, while having a lower overall average, has 23 reviewers and plenty of positive comments.
Several reviewers called him charming, although others said he often strayed from topic. And in the all-important category of "hotness," Brat took the edge, with an extra-hot chili pepper to Trammell's regular chili pepper.
(Note: In the time it took to write this article, new reviews began to appear on both pages. Trammell's were, on the whole, extremely positive, while Brat's where extremely negative.)