The stunning, convincing, and unexpected victory of economics professor David Brat over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in the 10 June Republican primary in Virginia’s seventh congressional district very likely puts an end to the already small chance that the Senate-passed immigration reform bill can become law in the foreseeable future. That, anyway, is the view of political commentators from a number of the major media outlets.
Those latter views are beside the point if, as many suppose, Brat won the current immigration debate just by winning the Republican primary. Nevertheless, the months until the congressional election in November are likely to be lively at Randolph-Macon College. Brat’s Democratic opponent is a faculty colleague, assistant professor of sociology Jack Trammell.