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Clay Aiken to run for Congress in North Carolina

'American Idol' Alum Clay Aiken Running For Congress
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina.

Aiken said Wednesday he'll seek the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers.

The 35-year-old Aiken is expected to face former state commerce secretary Keith Crisco of Asheboro and licensed professional counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville in the Democratic primary.

Aiken has been a special education teacher in Wake County. He says he decided to put his entertainment career on hold and seek to represent the state's 2nd Congressional District.

He says he considers Washington to be dysfunctional and will focus on jobs and the economy and the importance of education.

Ellmers faces radio talk show host Frank Roche of Cary in the Republican primary.

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fptpi February 05 2014 at 7:39 AM

Not sure the eye mak up will help much.

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BarB fptpi February 05 2014 at 7:49 AM

want to bed ?

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wongtpa February 05 2014 at 3:17 PM

Aiken will lose big time and is totally unqualified.

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amicusceo wongtpa February 05 2014 at 4:17 PM

Obama was unqualified too, but you lemmings hired the bum anyway

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amicusceo February 05 2014 at 4:15 PM

Maybe if he gets elected, he can get congress to sing a different tune ! That's better.

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zunt25 February 05 2014 at 3:45 PM

His music is no good so this is the only way for him to get attention now (what a surprise)

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Darin February 05 2014 at 3:16 PM

he went from a fan favorite on American Idol to one of the biggest spoiled snobs in the social spot light and now he wants to run for congress..Your in my prayers North Carolina!

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josb866161 February 05 2014 at 4:00 PM

His voice, and his music are both fine. I would only question his maturity. Politicians are ruthless.

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mysteryskater170 February 05 2014 at 1:42 PM

omg it seems like only 15 years ago i watched this guy singing on a stage float and he looked so young like 20 years old, wtf now he looks like 60 years old

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dexrmerritt February 05 2014 at 8:15 AM

isn't that sweet!!DWS

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kirok2002 February 05 2014 at 3:03 PM

The guy looks like a Rachel Maddow wanna be. Geez?

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Dean Sutton February 05 2014 at 10:45 AM

.... He considers the state of Washington to be disfunctional...... yup! He is there!!

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