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Aiken Maintains Lead; Is Official Democratic Nominee For Congress

By Craig Jarvis, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) RALEIGH, N.C. — Clay Aiken will be the Democratic nominee facing Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers for the 2nd Congressional District seat. The final canvassing of votes — a tally of Election Day plus absentee and provisional ballots in nine counties — came the day after runner-up Keith […]

May 13, 2014

Sudden Death In North Carolina Race Likely Clears Way For Clay Aiken

By David Zucchino and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau DURHAM, N.C. — Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken most likely clinched the Democratic nomination for a congressional seat in North Carolina after the sudden death of the opponent who closely trailed him in last week’s primary. Keith Crisco, a 71-year-old businessman and former state commerce […]

May 13, 2014

Outcome Of North Carolina Primary Between Crisco, Aiken May Not Be Known For Days

By Craig Jarvis, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) RALEIGH, N.C. — Keith Crisco and Clay Aiken kept low profiles Wednesday, the day after the would-be Democratic nominees for a congressional seat from North Carolina were stuck in a contest too close to call. The outcome is on hold until provisional and absentee ballots can be […]

May 8, 2014

Outcome Of Clay Aiken Primary Race May Be A Ways Off

By Craig Jarvis, The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) RALEIGH, NC — The outcome of the Democratic primary contest between Keith Crisco and Clay Aiken may not be known until next week or later. The results of Tuesday night’s count show Aiken received 369 more votes than Crisco in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District race. Wednesday […]

May 7, 2014

Aiken, Crisco Go Down To Wire In North Carolina Congressional Primary

By Craig Jarvis and Patrick Gannon, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) RALEIGH, N.C.—The battle between Keith Crisco, a moderate, business-friendly Democrat, and former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken came down to a very slim margin Tuesday night: As the vote-count neared completion in North Carolina, Aiken led by fewer than 400 votes in the Democratic […]

May 7, 2014

It’s Tea Party Vs. GOP Establishment In North Carolina Primary

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Tuesday’s primary in North Carolina offers the latest round in the tea party vs. the GOP establishment battle for the U.S. Senate, and so far the establishment appears to be winning. Both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove’s American Crossroads have thrown their support and dollars […]

May 6, 2014

Clay Aiken Enters Race For Congress, Calls Federal Health Care Law Deficient

By John Frank, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) RALEIGH, NC — Clay Aiken said the federal health care law is deficient and doesn’t go far enough to address rising health care costs. The former ‘American Idol’ contestant’s remarks came Thursday as he filed papers to get on the 2014 ballot in the 2nd Congressional District […]

February 27, 2014

Clay Aiken Just The Newest In Long Line Of Celebs Jumping To Politics

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — At a closed-door meeting once in Boise, Idaho, a group of Republican governors quizzed actor-turned-aspiring-politico Arnold Schwarzenegger on the secret of raising money for a campaign. Easy, he said with a laugh. Make hit movies and marry a Kennedy. The marriage didn’t work out. But the hit movies […]

February 6, 2014

Clay Aiken Makes It Official: He Will Run For Congress

By Craig Jarvis, The News & Observer RALEIGH, N.C. — Singer Clay Aiken will officially announce his campaign for Congress on Wednesday, injecting a nationally known personality into what has been a quiet Democratic primary to produce a challenger to U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers. Aiken’s decision has already reshaped the field. Houston Barnes, a young […]

February 5, 2014