After former Governor and Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson entered the US Senate race as a replacement nominee when state Lands Commissioner Aubrey Dunn decided to withdraw from the Libertarian Party ballot position he won in June, speculation began building that Republican nominee Mick Rich might drop out of the race to allow Mr. Johnson a clear shot at potentially defeating first-term Sen. Martin Heinrich (D).
Such will not be the case, however. Yesterday, the deadline passed for removing a candidate’s name from the New Mexico ballot, so the nominees are now locked for the general election. If Mr. Rich was to make a move as described, he would have needed to notify the authorities by Tuesday to begin the process of withdrawing from the race.
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