Congress’s oldest member could become be its first incumbent to lose his seat this evening.

Rep. Ralph HallRalph Moody HallGOP fights off primary challengers in deep-red Texas Most diverse Congress in history poised to take power Lawmakers pay tribute to Rep. Ralph Hall MORE (R-Texas), who recently turned 91, is facing a hard-fought runoff challenge from former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe (R).

Ratcliffe has given Hall the toughest race of his career, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money and racking up endorsements from a trio of national conservative groups that have given his campaign a late boost. 

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Hall has stepped up his game since he was caught sleeping in the first round of voting, when Ratcliffe and other candidates held him to 45 percent — an outcome his campaign had confidently predicted wouldn’t happen. But it’s unclear whether Hall has recovered enough to hold onto his seat for what he’s already said will be his last term in Congress.

The primary challenger is four decades younger than Hall and has racked up endorsements from national conservative groups since he forced the runoff. The Club for Growth has helped bundle $130,000 for him and has sent out mail pieces on his behalf. The Senate Conservatives Fund has also been on the radio touting his candidacy, and the Madison Project sent mailers. Now or Never PAC also ran an ad attacking Hall for his decades in office. But the race has mostly focused on Hall’s age, not on ideology.

Polls close at 8 p.m. Stay tuned to The Hill for election results.

 

SENATE SHOWDOWN

AK-SEN (BEGICH)/AR-SEN (PRYOR): Republican Dan Sullivan (R) touts his work to expand energy exploration in Alaska in a new ad.

The Club for Growth also rolled out ads accusing Sen. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichFormer Alaska senator jumps into governor race Overnight Energy: Trump directs Perry to stop coal plant closures | EPA spent ,560 on customized pens | EPA viewed postcard to Pruitt as a threat Perez creates advisory team for DNC transition MORE (D-Alaska) and Sen. Mark PryorMark Lunsford PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.) of “parroting” President Obama.

IA-SEN (OPEN): Sen. Bruce BraleyBruce Lowell BraleyOPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP Ten years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Trump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer MORE (D-Iowa) and his most likely opponent, Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R), both released positive ads. Braley’s touts his work as a lawyer, while Ernst’s focuses on her Iowa roots. 

Ernst is also getting a lot of air support — Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDem scores upset over Republican in Florida county commissioner race GOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border McCain, Coons: Trump should withdraw controversial refugee nominee MORE’s (R-Fla.) political action committee, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Senate Conservatives Fund have all launched ads on her behalf.

Ernst’s big-spending opponent, businessman Mark Jacobs (R), has dumped another $1.6 million into his flagging campaign for the final week, while former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is featured in a new ad from Citizens United touting former conservative radio host Sam Clovis (R).

LA-SEN (LANDRIEU): The Washington Post headed down to Many, La., writing that, “In this anti-President Obama, anti-Obamacare state, Democratic Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuLandrieu dynasty faces a pause in Louisiana Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Project Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns MORE is banking on one thing to get her reelected in November: her clout.”

MN-SEN (FRANKEN): Businessman Mike McFadden (R) hasn’t voted in GOP primary elections for two decades, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

MT-SEN (OPEN): Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) slams Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) for “poor marks” as head of the Montana Department of Military Affairs.

NE-SEN (OPEN): The fog has lifted between GOP primary winner Ben Sasse and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWarren on family separation policy: Trump is ‘taking America to a dark and ugly place’ Senate GOP tries to defuse Trump border crisis Schumer rejects GOP proposal to address border crisis MORE (R-Ky.). National Review reports that when the likely new senator was in D.C. last week, he “ducked into McConnell’s office for a private meeting that a Sasse adviser describes as ‘very warm.’ That’s a sharp contrast to a meeting the two had in the same office last November, when McConnell chastised Sasse for working with the Senate Conservatives Fund” and for criticizing McConnell’s leadership. 

OR-SEN (MERKLEY): After winning the GOP nomination last week, are national Republicans worrying about the strength of pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby’s campaign? CNN’s John King reported over the weekend that “privately there is some concern, about the potential political impact but even more so about whether Wehby and her team are up to the challenge of what is now a top-tier Senate campaign.” He said the “National Republican Senatorial Committee quietly dispatched a team of communications gurus to Oregon to give Wehby and her team a little advice and training.”

SC-SEN (GRAHAM): Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan McCain, Coons: Trump should withdraw controversial refugee nominee GOP senators drafting legislation to keep immigrant families together MORE (R-S.C.) is pulling 56 percent support in a new poll conducted for the right-leaning Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, enough to avoid a primary runoff. 

VA-SEN (WARNER): Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerWray defends FBI after 'sobering' watchdog report Top Dems: IG report shows Comey's actions helped Trump win election Dem senator: Trump at G-7 made me ‘embarrassed for our country’ MORE (D-Va.) focuses on his time outside of the Beltway in his first campaign ad, touting his business career and record as governor before mentioning his Senate work.

"I learned a long time ago whether it's running a business or leading a state you make things happen when you put politics aside and work together," he says in the ad after talking about his early business struggles before founding Nextel Communications, and his investments in education as governor.

WV-SEN (OPEN): The latest West Virginia Poll for the Charleston Daily Mail shows Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoSenate DHS bill includes .6 billion for ‘fencing’ on border Trump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril Trump presses for wall funding in DHS spending bill MORE(R) with an 11-point lead over Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D), 49 percent to 38 percent. “(Capito) appears to have a very strong base of support in her own party and has a 14-point lead among independents, which is an increasingly important segment of voters in the state,” pollster R.L. Repass wrote. 

 

BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE 

CA-31 (OPEN): The League of Conservation Voters is sending direct-mail pieces attacking former Rep. Joe Baca’s (D-Calif.) environmental record, a sign it sees him as a threat to mess up the Democratic primary in the district.

CA-17 (HONDA): Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) has a 19-point lead on challenger Ro Khanna (D) in a new automated poll from SurveyUSA. 

CO-6 (COFFMAN): 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R) endorsed Rep. Mike Coffman’s reelection bid and headlined a Denver fundraiser on Tuesday for his challenge from former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D).

NY-21 (OPEN): Romney’s also backing his former campaign staffer, Elise Stefanik, in her bid for Congress. She faces 2010/2012 nominee Matt Doheny in the June 24 primary.

WV-2 (OPEN): GOP nominee Alex Mooney’s campaign released an internal poll from The Tarrance Group showing it ahead of Democrat Nick Casey by 10 points. Among likely voters Mooney leads 39 percent to 29 percent, but the pollster estimates that with its turnout models, that will expand to a 12-point lead. The president’s approval ratings are also dismal in this district Democrats hope to pick up — just 30 percent approve of his performance, while 65 percent disapprove. 

 

2016 WATCH

HILLARY: Republican praise of the Clinton era over the last several years could reverberate in the 2016 presidential race, giving the Democratic front-runner a core talking point, writes The Hill’s Bob Cusack.

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLewandowski says 'womp womp' at story of young girl being separated from mother at border Giuliani: FBI asked me about tease of a 'surprise' before election Republicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe MORE gave a sneak peek to People magazine of her new book.

Financial guru Suze Orman, meanwhile, likes Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren on family separation policy: Trump is ‘taking America to a dark and ugly place’ Overnight Defense: States pull National Guard troops over family separation policy | Senators question pick for Afghan commander | US leaves UN Human Rights Council On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Markets roiled by Trump's new tariff threat | Trump lashes out at Canada over trade | Warren looks to block Trump pick for consumer agency MORE (D-Mass.) more than Clinton. 

CONSERVATIVE VISION? Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate passes 6B defense bill This week: House GOP caught in immigration limbo Amendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP MORE (R-Ky.), an opthamologist, says he envisions himself returning to medicine “at some point.” "I think that we need to have people who are willing to reclaim their place in regular life after politics and not just say, 'You go into politics and that's what you're going to do forever,' " Paul told CNN. "So I envision myself coming back to Kentucky and practicing medicine at some point."

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY 

“My favorite was 'The Scrunchie Chronicles: 112 Countries and It's Still All about My Hair.' " — Hillary Clinton on suggested titles for her memoir