U.S. Senate, 2018 Election

Special Primary Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Date: August 14, 2018
Cycle: 2018
Office: U.S. Senate
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Tina Smith Incumbent Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 433,705 76.06 +62.35
Richard W. Painter Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 78,193 13.71
Ali Chehem (Ali C.) Ali Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 18,897 3.31
Gregg A. Iverson Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 17,825 3.13
Nick Leonard Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 16,529 2.90
Christopher Lovell Seymore Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 5,041 0.88

Senator Smith was nominated.

Painter was a resident of Mendota Heights, University of Minnesota Law School professor, and former ethics attorney for President George W. Bush.

Ali was a resident of Shakopee, employee at SuperValu, and union steward.

Iverson was a resident of Minneapolis, former senior transportation generalist at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, DFL candidate for Auditor in 1994 and 200, candidate for SD 62 in 1996, candidate for Secretary of State in 1998 and 2014, DFL candidate for U.S. Senate in 2000, and candidate for the 5th CD in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2016.

Leonard was an attorney from Minneapolis.

Seymore was a teacher from Bloomington and candidate for HD 50B in 2016.


  • State of Minnesota Legislative Manual, 2019-2020 (p. 511).