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New Mexico LP to Sue State Over Straight Party Voting

By Spencer Kellogg | @Spencer_Kellogg

Hot off the heels of Gary Johnson polling second in an Emerson Poll and receiving the endorsement of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, New Mexico state officials are doing everything in their power to help Democrat incumbent Martin Heinrich win in November. Reinstating the outdated practice of straight party voting, the electoral measure allows voters to select a single box that fills in their entire ballot for one political party. Opponents of the ruling believe it creates an overwhelming partisan advantage in a state that is decidedly Democrat.

The Libertarian Party of New Mexico has authorized funding to file a lawsuit against Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver after she announced on Wednesday that New Mexico voters will have the option to vote straight party in the November General Election. In a press release from Toulouse Oliver’s office, the Democrat put a positive spin on the new choice for New Mexico voters: “The more options people have, the easier it is for more eligible voters to participate–and participation is the key to our democratic process.”

Chris Luchini, State Chair of the New Mexico Libertarian Party, doesn’t see it that way. “It is a straight attack at NMLP, third parties and specifically Gary Johnson. A lot of Democrats are crossing the line to vote for him and it’s obvious what this is all about, which is knocking Johnson out of the race.” Luchini pointed out that New Mexico revoked straight party voting in 2012 and that legislation to implement the voting measure had recently failed.

In an email sent to Reason, Johnson was stern in his suggestion that straight party voting is a “short-cut to partisanship.” What’s obvious to anyone watching the race is that this measure reeks of political maneuvering by the Democratic machine that owns New Mexico. Had Gary Johnson not entered the field as a Libertarian polling over 20%, would we expect to see such a rash move from the Secretary of State? It is hard to believe so.

Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, held no public hearings on the voting changes and has campaigned throughout the state in favor of re-instating straight party voting. The Republican Party called the action a “potentially illegal power grab” and has also announced intentions to file suit against the Secretary of State. Helen Milenski, Vice Chair of the New Mexico LP, posted a link on Twitter to a legal fees fund.


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Rand Paul Endorses Gary Johnson In Senate Race

By James Sweet III | United States

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is endorsing Gary Johnson (L-NM) in his bid to become the next Senator from New Mexico.

The race currently has a Republican candidate, but he is trailing behind Johnson in recent polls. Gary Johnson served as Governor of New Mexico as a Republican, and was the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President in 2012 and 2016.

If more Republicans continue to throw their support behind Gary Johnson, Mick Rich, the Republican candidate, could be pressured into dropping out to ensure that the Democrat incumbent does not win the election.

Rand Paul and Gary Johnson both advocate for small government and fiscal responsibility, so the shock lies in the fact that Rand Paul is endorsing a Libertarian candidate despite being a Republican. Rand Paul has strayed from the party before, however, so it’s not outside of his comfort zone to do this.

If Johnson wins, he could possibly become a swing vote in the Senate if the Democrats pick up more seats in the Midterm Elections. Right now, Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich is leading the race, but Gary Johnson has only been rising in recent polls.

Rich, the Republican nominee, is a construction contractor that is new to the political sphere. He states on his campaign page that he knows “how to create jobs and grow businesses”. If Rich does adhere to the pressure and support Gary Johnson, it is likely and possible that Johnson could become the Libertarian Party’s senator from New Mexico.


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Gary Johnson Officially Enters New Mexico Senate Race

By Ryan Lau | @agorisms

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.

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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New Mexico LP Nominates Gary Johnson for Senate

By Ryan Lau | @agorisms

In the past several weeks, the New Mexico 2018 Senate race has considerably heated up. Previously, many did not expect New Mexico to be a competitive race for the potential blue wave. However, Former Governor Gary Johnson is beginning to make a change to this.

Last week, Libertarian candidate Aubrey Dunn withdrew from the senatorial race. His son, Blair Dunn, confirmed this news and started speculations that Johnson may enter the race.

Within a matter of days, the hype for the former governor grew. Several groups conducted polling, which showed Johnson defeating incumbent Martin Heinrich in a head to head election.

Not long after, New Mexico LP chair Chris Luchini declared that Johnson was “very interested” in joining the race.

But now, the next step towards his entering the race has occurred. Saturday night, the party’s central committee offered Johnson the now vacant spot of Dunn.

The former governor has two weeks to accept the offer, and due to the imminent election and a desire to win, may do so earlier rather than later. He declared Saturday, “A major factor is, simply, whether I can win. If I run, it will be with the intention to win.”

Several members of the New Mexico LP shared their desire for Johnson to enter the race, as well as support for Aubrey Dunn’s work for the liberty movement. Saturday night, Aubrey’s son, Blair Dunn, tweeted his support for both of the men.

With the party seeming to rally around Johnson, it is still unclear whether he has a chance to win. Though head to head polls show him on top, three way polls show the Libertarian in a statistical tie for second, at about a quarter of the vote.

Republican nominee Mick Rich shares the same percentage. As he performs poorly in head to head polls, many are urging him to drop out in favor of Johnson.

Much is still up in the air, including whether Johnson will accept the offer, and how it will affect the shape of the race and the blue wave as a whole. If he accepts and ultimately wins, Johnson will be the first Libertarian United States Senator in history.


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