HENRICO COUNTY, Va. - Five months ago, few people expected the race in the 7th Congressional District would get this much attention. But after Republican Dave Brat defeated then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in June's Republican primary, the race took on a new tone.
Brat is running against Democrat and fellow Randolph Macon College professor Jack Trammell. Some have gone as far as calling Ashland, where the college is located, the center of the political universe. By Tuesday night, voters will decide who will replace Cantor as the 7th District's representative.
"I hope they're going to have a nice search for a fine new economist," Brat said Tuesday when asked about his employer of 19 years. "I don't want to take anything for granted, but we ran on principles that I thought were good for fixing the country."
"Either way it's going to take some adjusting and thinking about what my possibilities are," Trammell said after casting his ballot in Mineral. "So far today has been terrific. We're getting word that turnout is high in a lot of precincts, and that's great news."
The 7th District includes portions of all or portions of Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Culpeper, Orange, Spotsylvania, Louisa, and New Kent.