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Clay Aiken wins North Carolina Democratic congressional primary

American Idol and The Celebrity Apprentice runner-up Clay Aiken has finally won something.

Aiken was declared the winner of the very close Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat after a final, unofficial vote, according to the Associated Press, just one day after the accidental death of rival and second-place finisher Keith Crisco. However, campaign manager Christine Botta stated that Crisco had already decided to concede loss to Aiken on Tuesday before he tragically fell in his home on Monday. The results won’t become official until a review by the state elections board that is tentatively set for May 22.

Aiken, an openly gay man in a district populated with many socially conservative, evangelical Christians, will now face off against Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers, a 50-year-old nurse from Dunn who rode the Tea Party wave into Congress in 2010. Crisco’s funeral is scheduled for Friday.

Clay Aiken's congressional opponent dies in accident

A North Carolina textile entrepreneur locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic Party primary with former American Idol singer Clay Aiken has died.

The president of the company founded by 71-year-old Keith Crisco says Crisco died at home on Monday after an accident. AEC Narrow Fabrics President Robert Lawson says Crisco’s son notified company employees of the death. READ FULL STORY

Clay Aiken's congressional primary too close to call

The Democratic congressional primary race between former American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remained very close and without a clear winner.

Aiken and Crisco each had about 40 percent of the vote, trailed by licensed family counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville in Tuesday’s primary race in the 2nd Congressional District.

Aiken’s first political campaign drew an unusual amount of celebrity buzz thanks to his singing career and a second-place finish on Celebrity Apprentice. Crisco spent four years as the state’s top business recruiter under under former Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue. READ FULL STORY

Clay Aiken announces he's running for Congress

Musician Clay Aiken announced his plan to run for Congress in a video posted on his campaign website Tuesday.

Aiken, a Democrat, takes viewers through a tour of his early life in his childhood home in North Carolina. He talks about how his mom had to seek refuge in this home, a friend’s, to protect them from Aiken’s violent father. The former American Idol star uses that anecdote to discuss how he wants to help struggling families as a member of Congress. “I’m not a politician,” Aiken says with a chuckle. “I don’t ever want to be one. But I do want to help bring back, at least to my corner of North Carolina, the idea that someone can go to Washington to represent all the people, whether they voted for you or not.”

Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

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