SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico's Libertarian Party has a lot at stake in the general election with former Gov. Gary Johnson running as the party's presidential nominee.
A strong finish by Johnson will deliver a big boost to the Libertarians under terms of state election law, potentially making it easier for the party's candidates to secure a place on the ballot for governor, the Legislature, Congress and other offices starting in 2014.
Libertarians have a chance at becoming a "major political party" in New Mexico — the same as Democrats and Republicans — if Johnson wins at least 5 percent of the total vote in the November general election.
Libertarians would select their nominees by holding a primary election — like Democrats and Republicans — if they become a major political party.
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New Mexico is located in the southwestern region of the U.S. Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, New Mexico has also been part of Imperial Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory.