Congress’s oldest member could become be its first incumbent to lose his seat this evening.
Rep. Ralph HallRalph 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.
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.
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 BegichThe future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map Trump campaign left out of Alaska voter guide MORE (D-Alaska) and Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (D-Ark.) of “parroting” President Obama.
IA-SEN (OPEN): Sen. Bruce BraleyBruce BraleyTrump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer Criminal sentencing bill tests McConnell-Grassley relationship Trump's VP list shrinks 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 RubioWhat Trump's Cabinet picks reveal House passes water bill with Flint aid, drought relief What the 2016 election can tell us about 2018 midterms 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 LandrieuFive unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist Trump’s implosion could cost GOP in Louisiana Senate race 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 McConnellMitch McConnellTax reform: Starting place for jobs, growth Senate Democrats dig in as shutdown approaches Overnight Healthcare: Burwell huddles with Dems on fighting ObamaCare repeal 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 GrahamOversight panel demands answers on Pentagon waste report Overnight Cybersecurity: Retired general picked to head DHS | Graham vows to probe Russian election interference Overnight Tech: AT&T, Time Warner CEOs defend merger before Congress | More tech execs join Trump team | Republican details path to undoing net neutrality 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 WarnerSenate Democrats dig in as shutdown approaches Overnight Cybersecurity: Georgia accuses DHS of trying to hack election system Overnight Finance: Senate Dems dig in as shutdown looms | Trump taps fast-food exec for Labor chief | Portland's new CEO tax 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 Moore CapitoRepublicans want to grease tracks for Trump Republicans face divisions over ObamaCare repeal High out-of-pocket prescription drug cost: the patient perspective 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.
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 Rodham ClintonConway: 'The most fake news’ was Trump couldn’t beat Clinton Ex-Clinton staffer’s website: Trump ‘corrupt AF' Don't look now: Trump is uniting the GOP while Democrats remain divided MORE gave a sneak peek to People magazine of her new book.
Financial guru Suze Orman, meanwhile, likes Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPressure grows on Perez to enter DNC race The Hill's 12:30 Report AFL-CIO endorses Ellison for DNC chair MORE (D-Mass.) more than Clinton.
CONSERVATIVE VISION? Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulBrexit leader Farage pushing US-UK trade deal to Trump Senate sends annual defense bill to Obama's desk GOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency 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