Video Replay-DFL US Senate Candidates Debate In Duluth By Kristin Larsen | August 3, 2018 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Minnesota Subscribe to Minnesota Follow this author Candidates running in the DFL primary US Senate in Minnesota debate at the University of Minnesota Kirby Student Center in Duluth. This is the race for former Senator Al Franken’s seat. Two of the six candidates running as Democrats — Richard Painter and Ali Chehem Ali participate in the debate Nick Leonard, Chris Seymore and Gregg Iverson do not attend. Organizers say Sen. Tina Smith did not reply to the invitation to debate. A chair set up for her at the table is vacant. The primary is August 14. The debate is organized by Duluth for Clean Water, Twin Ports DSA, Our Revolution Duluth, and UMD College Democrats. Painter asks why Smith won’t debate Video above: full debate Video below: Painter asks why Smith doesn’t want to debate him. Both Painter and Smith are scheduled to appear in a forum for both Democratic and Republican US Senate candidates at Farmfest on April 7th. The UpTake plans to livestream that debate. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.