NEW MEXICO
     Nov. 6, 2018 Senate

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+Martin Heinrich (D) i
376,998
54.09%
Mick Rich (R)
212,813
30.53%
Gary Johnson (L)
107,201
15.38%

697,012

Plurality: 164,185 votes (23.56 percentage points).
 NM Secretary of State




Notes: 
The late entry of former governor (1995-2003) and presidential candidate (2012 and 2016) Gary Johnson as the Libertarian nominee stirred up this race, but Sen. Martin Heinrich (D) still went on to win a second term by a comfortable margin.  Heinrich had been facing Mick Rich (R), president of Mick Rich Contractors of Albuquerque, and State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn (L).  On July 30 Dunn announced he was ending his campaign, and Johnson took his place, formally announcing his candidacy on Aug. 14.  Rich, a first-time candidate, won the June 5 primary uncontested, but his campaign manager left in August. 

Johnson was one of very few candidates around the country to make the federal deficit and debt a priority, saying, "It's the biggest issue facing this country."


The three candidates met for two debates in Albuquerque, on Oct. 12 on KOAT-TV 7 (+) and Oct. 26 on KRQE-TV 13 (+).

Campaign Managers:
Martin Heinrich: 
Brad Elkins
Campaign manager for Alejandra Campoverdi for Congress in the CA-34 special election, 2017.  Deputy campaign manager for Jason Kander for Senate, 2016. Nevada state director and Midwest regional political director on Martin O'Malley's presidential campaign and earlier political advisor to O'Malley's O'PAC, 2015. Political director for Jack Hatch's 2014 campaign for governor in Iowa.  National political director for the Truman Project.  Co-founder of Democracy, Diplomacy, Development, and Defense (4D) PAC.   B.A. in computer science/mathematics and international affairs from Lewis & Clark College.  From Pasadena, CA.

Mick Rich: 
Campaign Chairman
Rick Lopez of Estancia
Former Campaign Manager: Evan Machan (Dec. 2017-Aug. 2018) Experience includes public affairs liaison officer to Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, a stint as a field rep. on Jeb Bush's Iowa caucus campaign and work on Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign.  From Ohio.

Gary Johnson:
 
  


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