Clay Aiken won against Keith Crisco in a neck-and-neck race for the primary congressional seat in North Carolina on May 7!
In his toughest competition yet, Clay Aiken’s race for Congress got down to the wire, leading Keith Crisco at 40.9 percent to 39.5 percent, as of the morning of May 7. Look out, Simon Cowell — Clay’s winning the hearts of America yet again, but this time the former American Idol contestant wasn’t looking to be a runner-up again.
Clay Aiken Wins North Carolina Primary — Relying On America’s Votes Once Again
It has been more than a decade since we witnessed Clay blossom as a successful entertainer, and now it’s time for the former singer to let his voice be heard from a different stage! Funnily enough, it seems like all of his career paths rest on the shoulders of voters.
Now, with a shift in career choices, he is ready to shake things up offstage and into Washington. Clay is putting his entertainment career on hold in order to seek the Democratic seat for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District, and he will face off against the two-term Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers in November.
Clay Aiken: ‘The Name Recognition Is A Plus — It Gets People To The Table’
Needless to say, Clay has created quite the buzz for himself. But, is he riding on the coattails of his fame to endorse his political campaign? Or is he really the fresh choice congress needs? Despite his name recognition it was and will continue to be an uphill battle for the star.
“There’s obviously a little bit of a hurdle that we’ve had to overcome. Obviously the name recognition is a plus — it gets people to the table,” the former star told ABC News on May 6.
Tweets have started to pour in to show support for Clay, with Arsenio Hall tweeting:
— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) May 7, 2014
The former Celebrity Apprentice runner-up finally broke his streak of being second-best in a competition, but the big race isn’t quite over, as Clay has to look towards securing his congressional seat in the November election.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Did Clay’s fame win him the nomination?
— Brittany King