Gary Johnson eyeing Senate bid

Gary Johnson eyeing Senate bid
© Greg Nash

Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonAmash won't rule out Libertarian challenge to Trump Buzz grows Amash will challenge Trump as a Libertarian Potential GOP primary challenger: Trump's 'contempt for the American people' behind possible bid 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.

Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichHillicon Valley: Harris spikes in Google searches after debate clash with Biden | Second US city blocks facial recognition | Apple said to be moving Mac Pro production from US to China | Bipartisan Senate bill takes aim at 'deepfake' videos Senators unveil bipartisan bill to target 'deepfake' video threat Senate Democrats wish talk on reparations would go away MORE (D-N.M.) is seeking reelection for another six-year term. He is facing a challenge from Republican Mick Rich. 

Heinrich is widely expected to hold on to his seat. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton responds to Trump tweets telling Dem lawmakers to 'go back' to their countries The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur: Here's how to choose a president MORE beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE by an 8-point margin there in 2016, and the Cook Political Report currently ranks the Senate race as a solid Democratic win.

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.