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The New Mexico Senate Race is Heating Up

By Trey Johnson | United States

Former two-time New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is calling for Republican candidate Mick Rich to drop out of the U.S. Senate race in New Mexico and coordinate his efforts towards helping to defeat Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich. Johnson’s bold idea could work as he is pulling away more voters from the Republican party than the Democratic party. New Mexico has been sending Democratic senators to Washington D.C. since 2009, and Republicans have a lower chance of winning the U.S. Senate seat than a Libertarian candidate.

Rich is asking Gary Johnson to withdraw from the race, stating in a fundraising email: “Let him spew his radical beliefs elsewhere, so the hard-working families of this state can gain a voice in the U.S. Senate.”

Johnson was the Libertarian presidential candidate in 2012 and 2016, and helped to realize a large increase in the percentage of votes received by the Party between the two elections. Libertarians were able to garner this support while on the ballot in 37 states.

Johnson pulled in 9% of the votes for president in his home state of New Mexico during the very important 2016 presidential election. Only the two candidates from the major parties were included in the presidential debates, making it impossible for the former Governor to be considered by American voters.

Republican Senator Rand Paul recently endorsed Gary Johnson for Senate.

I have an important announcement today. I’m endorsing Gary Johnson for US Senate.

Gary Johnson is a true fiscal conservative. As Governor, he reduced the size of government while improving services and cutting taxes.

His leadership on issues of government overreach, protecting Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights against mass surveillance, and common sense foreign policy is sorely needed in the United States Senate, for New Mexico and the nation.

He will be an important ally and a critical independent voice.

This marks a historic moment as Paul refused to endorse a candidate from his own party.

Gary Johnson is popular in New Mexico and has a fair shot at winning the U.S. Senate race. In the words of Rand Paul, “he is an important American ally and a critical independent voice”.


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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 is Running For Senate — Now What?

By Francis Folz | United States

To some, he is a professional spoiler. To others, he is the future of American politics. But to all, his name is Gary Johnson, and he’s back at it, this time running for senate in his home state of New Mexico. Mr. Johnson’s re-entry into politics is more expeditious than expected. After the 2016 election, Mr. Johnson announced he was concluding his life as a public servant with his landmark Libertarian Party presidential campaign. 

However, when Aubrey Dunn, New Mexico’s Land Commissioner, withdrew his candidacy and implored Gary to take his place, the Libertarian Party voted to instate Johnson as their nominee if he chose to run. Mr. Johnson officially accepted the Libertarian Party’s nomination on August 13 and has officially launched his campaign. A Gary Johnson Senate win could shake up the D.C. establishment and impact national politics.

As the next senator from New Mexico, Gary Johnson would have a decisive vote on future Supreme Court nominations, one of the most imperative issues identified by voters in the 2016 election. As a libertarian, Mr. Johnson could effectively force the President to nominate more liberty-minded justices like Neil Gorsuch by potentially withholding support for weaker, more mainstream candidates like the Honorable Hardimann and recent Trump nominee Kavanaugh. Because the Senate’s current composition is only one-plus in favor of Republicans, Gary Johnson’s fiercely independent spirit, coupled with his promulgation for civil liberties as well as personal and economic freedom, could help mold future candidates and shift the Supreme Court.

Since 2010, Rand Paul has acquired few allies in the Senate, thus pursuing many of his endeavors on his own. A Johnson victory would alleviate some of Rand Paul’s burdens by providing a second strong libertarian voice in the Senate. For example, this Congress Dr. Paul succeeded in securing a vote to audit the Federal Reserve. Unfortunately, this uphill battle was primarily fought by Paul and ultimately unsuccessful due to a lack of political courage by many senators. This includes Martin Heinrich, New Mexico’s current senator. 

Martin Heinrich is no stranger to the beltway status quo. In 2018 alone, Martin Heinrich has supported the abhorrent omnibus spending bill while voting against Rand Paul’s penny plan to reduce the budget and Paul’s amendment to reduce appropriations to their budget cap limitations. Mr. Heinrich’s fiscally reckless record gets worse, as he also voted against eliminating funds to expired and unnecessary programs. 

This differs tremendously from Mr. Johnson who has advocated for limited government since the 90’s. Mr. Johnson is a vocal critic of the two-party system which regularly works to undermine Americans’ best interests by spending imprudently and interfering in the free market. As governor of New Mexico, Mr. Johnson vetoed over 700 pieces of legislation and became one of the first major proponents of decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana, emphasizing his belief in small and efficient governance.

One substantial advantage Johnson maintains is that he’s the most anti-establishment candidate, left or right, in the race. Although Mr. Rich’s stances remain to be seen in practice, Senator Heinrich has made himself at home in D.C. Aside from his disregard for fiscal responsibility, Mr. Heinrich embodies almost all other aspects of the D.C. machine. The Farm Bill, supported by Mr. Heinrich, is one of America’s most brazen examples of cronyism, infused with subsidies for special interests and elites. Senator Heinrich’s opposition to Federal Reserve Transparency Act and the Sentencing Reform and Corrections act has bolstered the status quo and his reputation as a politician. It is unsurprising that support and enthusiasm for the sitting senator remain meager among his constituents. He further misrepresented New Mexico’s best interests by voting against the CREATES Act which has the potential to drop drug prices by 15-50 percent. It is unsurprising that support and enthusiasm for the sitting senator remains meager amongst his constituents.

In contrast, former-governor Johnson has been an outspoken opponent against all forms of the D.C. status quo, from taking down the duopoly, to fighting the criminalization of acts that could rather be kept in check by personal responsibility. As senator, Gary Johnson would be a reliable vote to defend civil liberties, oppose cronyism, end the Fed, reform our shoddy criminal justice system, and to drain the swamp.

Prior to Gary Johnson’s reemergence into American politics, New Mexico’s Senate seat, currently entertained by Martin Heinrich, was largely seen as a safe Democratic seat. That all changed when the former 2-time governor of the Land of Enchantment Gary Johnson announced he would accept the Libertarian Party’s invitation to run for Senate. Mr. Johnson’s record as a fiscal conservative and a social liberal continues to resonate with a plurality of New Mexicans. Time will tell if New Mexico, once considered a stronghold of Democrats anticipating a blue wave this November, will be the commencement of a libertarian gold rush.


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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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Gary Johnson Will “Very Likely” Enter New Mexico Senate Race

By Drew Zirkle | New Mexico

The New Mexico Senate race, a competition that was previously thought to be a predictable stroll for incumbent Sen. Martin Heinrich (D), is expected to change drastically in the coming hours and days. Gary Johnson, prominent Libertarian Presidential candidate & former Republican Governor of the state is expected to enter the race soon.

The current candidate that the Libertarian Party is fielding for Senate, Aubrey Dunn, is expected to relinquish the nomination for the race today at 2:30 PM EST according to the chair of the NM LP, Chris Luchini. This will allow the New Mexican Libertarian Party the opportunity to nominate a new candidate for the upcoming general election in November. Luchini has confirmed that the New Mexico Libertarian Party Central Committee has already scheduled a meeting for this coming Saturday to choose a replacement candidate to run for Senate.

When reached by phone, Luchini stated that he spoke with Gary Johnson earlier today and that Johnson was “very interested in considering getting into the race.” Luchini also stated that there were no other candidates interested in running and that the central committee was ready to “offer [Johnson] the position.”

This development comes at an incredibly crucial time for the Libertarian Party, as the New Mexico LP has reportedly received an incredible increase in donations and interest for the upcoming Senate race. In addition to the increasing strength of the Libertarian Party, the GOP is facing difficulties in this particular race. The GOP candidate, Mick Rich, has no political experience, is polling very poorly, and has reportedly only raised around $650,000. Additionally, according to an unnamed source, Mick Rich refused to accept campaign donations at a recent campaign event in Los Alamos, leading to some speculation that Mick Rich may drop out of the race, leaving the Senate race wide open for a potentially powerful Johnson campaign to take on Heinrich.

Regardless of whether Mick Rich drops or not, his campaign is beginning to flounder, with most polling data putting him under 40% despite the fact that most GOP candidates are competitive in statewide races in New Mexico. Gary Johnson, a popular former Governor and a recurring figure in national politics, is expected to have a competitive advantage over Rich. Johnson is also expected to be a problem for Martian Heinrich, as Johnson’s familiarity with voters and established base of support ought to give him an energized base of support at the onset of his campaign.

Although Johnson has not publicly announced his intention to run for the Senate seat yet, it is abundantly clear that the Libertarian Party of New Mexico is preparing for Johnson to take up the torch behind the scenes. Furthermore, social media groups have sprung up on Facebook and Twitter suggesting that Johnson’s team is gearing up for the announcement. This preparation combined with Johnson privately confiding his interest in running indicates that in the coming days, Johnson is likely to launch a formal bid and this previously quiet Senate race will turn into one of the wildest races to watch this November.


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