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Libertarian Senate Candidate Gary Johnson speaks to Los Alamos resident Dan McCarn, who shows him a photo of a relative of his, at the Blue Window Restaurant in Los Alamos Friday. Former presidential candidate and governor Johnson is running against incumbent Sen. Martin Heinrich and Republican businessman Mick Rich for U.S. Senate.
Gary Johnson remains contender for U.S. Senate

Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Gary Johnson said he’s the best candidate in the three-way race for one reason — influence. Influence that he says can make New Mexico a real contender in the U.S. Senate. 

“If I’m the swing vote in the U.S. Senate, and if it’s going to be close to where my vote is really going to matter… I’m going to line up on both sides depending on the issue,” Johnson said. 

“That’s a huge amount of influence New Mexico could have in the U.S. Senate. That cannot be done by electing either a Democrat or a Republican, they are just going to line up as Democrats or Republicans.” 

The former governor and presidential candidate is known for his easy-going attitude but hardline fiscal policies. With only a few weeks to take on the challenge of overcoming his late entry to the race, and facing Democrat Sen. Martin Heinrich, Johnson was at ease Friday as he discussed his ideas for the office.