With only days remaining until election day, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson brought Reason along for an intimate look at his campaign for a U.S. senate seat. Johnson and his supporters traversed New Mexico, attempting to win over voters from the snow-capped Rocky Mountains in the north of the state, to the rose-colored dunes of the Chihuahuan desert near the Mexican border. He campaigned at a biker bar in Las Cruces and to members of the Sikh faith in Española.
Not only did the former New Mexico governor grant Reason privileged access to his political life, he also showed a surprising willingness to cast aside rehearsed talking points. From the back seat of his SUV, Johnson spontaneously shared many of his private hopes, fears, ambitions, jokes, as well as insights into his personality.
Running as a Libertarian, Johnson's poll numbers have been as high as the twenties in a three-man race—and as low as 8 percent. Throughout the contest, he has maintained that he's not a protest candidate: winning the senate seat is his only goal.
This campaign could be Johnson's last, as he's pledged to give up politics if he fails to win this race.
Produced, photographed, and edited by Todd Krainin.
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