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Gary Johnson Considers Joining U.S. Senate Race in New Mexico

Gage Skidmore
Gary Johnson speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference.

The U.S. Senate race in New Mexico may see a familiar name join this year’s election: former state Gov. Gary Johnson. 

Aubrey Dunn dropped out as the race’s Libertarian candidate to focus on his work as state land commissioner, he said in a statement. He also talked to Johnson, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate, about taking his place.


Associated Press reported that a Johnson representative said he was “seriously considering” to run if Dunn dropped out.


Johnson, a strong opponent of two-party control in government, would put Democrat Martin Heinrich at risk of losing reelection. As it stands, AP also reports Democrats seeing a confident victory over Republican Mick Rich, an Albuquerque contractor running for office for the first time. A bid from Johnson could cause both parties to reassess strategy for November’s election.