Gary Johnson eyeing Senate bid

Gary Johnson eyeing Senate bid
© Greg Nash

Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonPotential GOP primary challenger: Trump's 'contempt for the American people' behind possible bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Former Mass. governor takes step toward Trump primary challenge 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 HeinrichCongress readies for battle over nuclear policy Overnight Defense: Trump tells NRA he will pull US from arms treaty | Pentagon to broaden role of troops at border | Warren offers plan to improve military housing Warren unveils plan to address substandard military housing 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 ClintonWarren policy ideas show signs of paying off Biden at campaign kickoff event: I don't have to be 'angry' to win Top Dem: Trump helps GOP erase enthusiasm gap; Ohio a big problem MORE beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens 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.