Renee Ellmers

Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Clay Aiken Suspends His Singing Career To Enter Politics

Clay Aiken plans to run as a Democratic candidate in North Carolina's Second Congressional District.
Credit Jessica Jones

A North Carolinian who gained fame through the TV show American Idol has decided to run for Congress. Clay Aiken officially declared his candidacy in the Second Congressional District Wednesday. The announcement has put a formerly sleepy race in the national spotlight.

Many people are familiar with Clay Aiken because of his impressive rise on the second season of American Idol. Although he emerged as the runner-up, Aiken later released a debut album that went straight to the top of the Billboard 200.

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Politics & Government
8:54 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Clay Aiken Announces His Run For Congress

Teacher and former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken has announced he'll run as a Democrat for North Carolina's second Congressional district.
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Teacher and former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken announced he'll run as a Democrat for the state's second Congressional district.

In a campaign video, he described his humble beginnings, growing up poor in North Carolina. He said he's got leadership experience.

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Politics & Government
10:07 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

NC Politians Speak In Support of US Foreign Spending

Former governors Jim Hunt (left) and Jim Martin spoke in support of U.S. foreign spending.
Credit Jorge Valencia

Prominent North Carolina politicians, including Sen. Kay Hagan and former governors Jim Hunt and Jim Martin, spoke in support of U.S. foreign spending on Monday, saying investments outside of the country can benefit the state’s economy. 

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