Democrats fear this former Governor could jeopardize their efforts to take the Senate

Democrats have an uphill climb if they hope to take control of the U.S. Senate in 2018.

They can’t afford to lose any so-called “safe” seats.

But this former Governor just threw a wrench into their plans when he announced a run for U.S. Senate.

Two-term Governor Gary Johnson just announced his intention to run for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian Party candidate in New Mexico.

While it’d normally be easy to shrug off a Libertarian Candidate as an “also-ran,” Johnson won his first term for Governor as a Republican in 1994 when New Mexico was 2-to-1 Democrat at the time.

Democrats were expected to oust him in 1998, but he won by a margin of 55% to 45%.

Despite his late entrance, it has New Mexico Democrats nervous.

The Daily Caller noted New Mexico Democrats were already punching down at Johnson:

“While Gary Johnson has been off pursuing the national spotlight and his personal ambitions, Martin Heinrich has been on the front lines fighting for New Mexicans,” said New Mexico Democratic Party chair Marg Elliston, according to the AP.

Running as the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate, he received 9% of the vote, which Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog said polling showed Johnson taking disproportionately from Clinton’s support instead of Trump’s.

Incumbent Senator Martin Heinrich was widely expected to coast to re-election in 2018.

Now, he finds himself in a three-way-race with Republican Mick Rich and Governor Johnson.

Since Governor Johnson’s top issue is legalizing marijuana, it makes sense he would once again take votes from Democrats more than New Mexico’s Republicans.

Will Johnson cut into Heinrich’s base of support and cost Democrats a “safe” Senate seat in 2018?

We’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date on any developments in this race and others as the 2018 midterm elections near!


  1. I have been listening to Lindsey Graham for a while now. He has been standing up quite a lot for this President. He has even said that others in his party don’t agree with him doing that, but on national tv he stated “I don’t give a s**t. If they have a problem with it they can come talk to me”. He also stated that Trump was his friend. So I have given Graham the benefit of the doubt for now.

  2. N you are right drain the swamp , and build the wall rid this great land of illegals and undocumented and their handlers

  3. Deep State traitors are everywhere!The evil liberal demoncrat Commie Nazi’s party at work here!Don’t forget the RINOs(Ryan, McShame , McConnell, Rubio , Romney, Sessions, Grahams etc) they’re just as bad! Drain the rat infested Swamp, Pres Trump!N

  4. They are collecting DEATH notices and tomb stones to Drag to the polls .. Acorn/Antifa/BLM will provide the buses … The JOHNSON might Mess them up !!

  5. The only true way to beat the Democrats or as they should be called is the Demarats ,is when all registered Democratic voters do not show up to vote .

  6. People are fast finding out that the leaders of the democrat party are mostly communists or at least commie sympathizers. Just watch what they say and do each and every day. Trust me that they are not working for you and I. Vote these slugs out of office now.

  7. I live in New Mexico. Heinrich turns absolutely everything he does into a photo op. He looks for glamour causes and he makes sure the photog always gets his good side.

    I have personally asked him to get involved in a particular issue. I sent him an email. What I got back was a prime example of political double-speak.

    I’d be glad to not vote for him and Gov. Johnson is a better choice.

  8. Interest twist for the upcoming election. What’s next? Imagine this guys profile if he wins and the Senate remains pretty much as is, where his vote could spell a victory or defeat. Most pols work a lifetime to get in this type of a position. Power, fame and notoriety are the ultimate addictions.

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