Political experts say Martin Heinrich will have to work harder to keep his U.S. Senate seat.
The Libertarian will face Heinrich, a Democrat, and Republican Mick Rich.
Johnson got about 9 percent of the vote in New Mexico when he ran for president in 2016. That’s about 75,000 votes.
“Him entering a statewide race is consequential. At this point, I don’t know if he’ll have enough momentum to overtake incumbent Martin Heinrich, but it definitely tightens things up and makes Heinrich work a lot harder,” political expert Prof. Gabriel Sanchez said.
Sanchez says Heinrich may be a little worried because he was quick to do new polling.
Heinrich’s camp says the polls show Heinrich leading Johnson by 12 points in a two-way race.
Again, KRQE News 13 wants to stress the poll was conducted by Heinrich’s campaign.