Monday evening, Gary Johnson made a massive leap into the political ring once more. Yes, that’s right. Johnson is now officially running for the United States Senate as a Libertarian. After weeks of speculation, which culminated in the Libertarian Party offering him the role, the former New Mexico governor has formally accepted the nomination.
As of 9:30 PM local time Monday, the Johnson campaign officially filed paperwork for his senatorial run with the Secretary of State.
Johnson’s last-minute entry comes two weeks after the former candidate, Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, dropped out.
The two-term governor is running in a three-way race. However, he polls considerably better in a head to head race against incumbent Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich. The Republican, Mick Rich, on the other hand, is facing pressure to drop out in support of Johnson.
Despite this, the Cook Political Report has stated that the race is solidly Democratic. It is unclear whether Johnson’s entry into the race will impact the rating, though he has stated in the past that he would not run if he did not think it was possible to win.
Tuesday afternoon, Gary Johnson officially released his first campaign video on Twitter. In it, he described his accomplishments, including cutting taxes 14 times as well as vetoing over 750 different pieces of legislation. Despite this, he managed to balance the budget and even run a billion dollar surplus.
— Gov. Gary Johnson (@GovGaryJohnson) August 14, 2018
The video also points out Johnson’s personal traits, including his dedication and competitive nature.
This is a breaking story, and it will be updated as more information becomes available.
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