Gary Johnson eyeing Senate bid

Gary Johnson eyeing Senate bid
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Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonGary Johnson launches New Mexico Senate bid Gary Johnson eyeing Senate bid Poll: Older Arizona voters favor Trump MORE is considering mounting a bid for the Senate in New Mexico, a consultant for the former governor told The Associated Press.

Consultant Ron Nielson said that Johnson is "strongly considering" a run for the Senate on the Libertarian ticket if party's current candidate, Aubrey Dunn, drops out of the race. 

"He is weighing it over right now," he said. "He doesn't want to get into a race he can't win."

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Dunn's son, Blair Dunn, told the AP that his father was planning to exit the Senate race in New Mexico, and that more details on the decision would come on Monday.

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But a challenge from Johnson could make the race more competitive. He served as New Mexico governor from 1995 until 2003. In 2016, he captured just over 9 percent of the vote in the state.