Clay Aiken: ‘American Idol’ Cast as Congressional Hopeful
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Singer Clay Aiken
Updated at 5:50 pm EDT
Clay Aiken is returning to American Idol seeking votes — only this time as a candidate for Congress during a commercial break.
Aiken, the singing competition’s runner-up in 2003 now seeking a U.S. House seat in North Carolina, will run a 30-second campaign ad on Raleigh’s Fox affiliate during tomorrow night’s broadcast, according to a Federal Communications Commission document
The ad will cost $3,300 to air.
Aiken is seeking the Democratic nomination in North Carolina’s 2nd District along with Keith Crisco, North Carolina’s former commerce secretary. The primary is May 6.
Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers is seeking a third term in a Republican-leaning district that takes in part of Fayetteville and most of Cary, near Raleigh.
Roll Call’s Emily Cahn has background here
on Aiken’s ad and an attack ad Crisco is airing.