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Clay Aiken Won't Sing For Your Vote

This undated image released by Clay Aiken for Congress, shows former “American Idol” runner up Clay Aiken, a candidate in
This undated image released by Clay Aiken for Congress, shows former “American Idol” runner up Clay Aiken, a candidate in the Democratic Party primary in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District. (AP Photo/Clay Aiken for Congress)

Last August, in between performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at a summer-stock theater in Maine, Clay Aiken studied the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s demographic breakdown of North Carolina’s second district. He concluded that, although challenging, the race was winnable. By the time he returned to his 9,000-square-foot mansion outside Raleigh that fall, the flame-haired former “American Idol” star was ready to run.

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