American Idol star Clay Aiken to run for second congressional nomination in North Carolina

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Former AMERICAN IDOL star CLAY AIKEN has announced he will be running for a second NORTH CAROLINA congressional seat this time around, this time seeking the Democratic green light in a more liberal district than eight years ago.

In 2014, AIKEN won the DEMOCRATIC primary in the state’s 2nd arrondissement, but was defeated in the general election by Republican incumbent RENEE L. ELLMERS.

This time, AIKEN, 43, is showing up in the redesigned 6th arrondissement which includes much of the territory currently represented by long-time representative DAVID E. PRICE (DN.C.), 81, who announced in OCTOBER that ‘he would not seek re-election this year.

During the 2016 presidential race, AIKEN defended DONALD TRUMP against charges of racism, citing his appearance on THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE with him. After the murderous UNITE THE RIGHT rally in CHARLOTTESVILLE the following year, AIKEN apologized for standing up for TRUMP. AIKEN said that as a member of CONGRESS he would advocate for “inclusion, income equality, free access to quality health care and the fight against climate change”.

The RALIEGH, North Carolina native said: “As a strong and proud DEMOCRACY, I intend to use my voice to achieve real results for the families of NORTH CAROLINA. One of my first experiences in politics and government was asking the CONGRESSMAN PRICE to speak to my eighth grade class – an invitation he graciously accepted. He is a legendary legislator who has delivered for the TRIANGLE for over 30 years, and he leaves big shoes to fill. I would be honored to take his place.

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