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'American Idol' Runner-Up Clay Aiken Announces Congressional Run

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Clay Aiken, who was a runner-up on Fox's "American Idol" in 2003, has announced he's running for Congress in North Carolina's second district.

The second district is heavily Republican and Mr. Aiken will be running as a Democrat. The seat is currently held by Republican Renee Ellmers. In one of the videos released by Mr. Aiken, he notes that Ms. Ellmers has been changed by Washington and has repeatedly succumbed to pressure from the national Republican party and voted against the interests of her district. Mr. Aiken also name drops George W. Bush, who'd appointed him to the Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, and voices strong support for local military families.

But before he challenges Ms. Ellmers, Mr. Aiken will have to best fellow Democrats Keith Crisco and Toni Morris, according to Newsobserver.com.

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