Politician Professors' Tale of the Tape: David Brat vs. Jack Trammell

PHOTO: David Brat, seen left in this April 26, 2014 file photo taken in Ashland Va., and Jack Trammell, seen right in this undated photo posted on his campaign website.
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The politicians running for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's seat have something else in common: They both teach at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia.

David Brat, in an upset that stunned political observers, defeated Cantor in Tuesday's Republican primary, and now will face off against Democrat and fellow professor Jack Trammell on Election Day.

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But first, let's see how their students say they stack up against each other, based on an unofficial analysis of Rate My Professor reviews.

David Brat

Teaches: Economics

Overall Quality: 3.4 out of 5

Average Grade Given to Students: A-

Rated as a Hot Pepper? Yes, and he's blazing.

Praise: Charming, exciting, interesting.

Gripes: Goes off subject, changes mind about assignments.

Jack Trammell

Teaches: Sociology

Overall Quality: 4.2 out of 5

Average Grade Given to Students: A-

Rated as a Hot Pepper? Yes.

Praise: Passionate about subject matter.

Gripes: Unclear, rambles.

Trammell leads the rating race with 4.2 out of 5 possible points, but Brat has a bright red pepper on his side -- meaning some students are hot for teacher.

One student described Brat as "total eye candy" while another chided the professor-turned-politician for changing assignments too much, although the student noted, "He is so charming, you forget to be mad at him."

Let's hope that doesn't translate to his race for Congress. No one likes a wishy-washy politician.

Both teachers appear to get the thumbs-up from students, but voters shouldn't read too much into the Rate My Professor battle, as it's not quite an even playing field. As of this writing, Trammell only has three reviews, compared to Brat, who has 24.

Brat joined the college in 1996, and Trammell in 2000.

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