American Idol finalist Clay Aiken performs onstage at the 31st American Music Awards in Los Angeles, November 16, 2003.
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Former American Idol candidate Clay Aiken said Monday he would seek the Democratic nomination to run for a seat in the United States Congress representing a district of North Carolina that includes the cities of Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
Aiken, 43, first rose to prominence nationally in 2003, when he came second on the American Idol singing contest television show. He first ran for Congress in 2014, but after winning the Democratic primary he was defeated by outgoing Republican Renee Elmers in the general election.
“As a strong and proud Democrat, I intend to use my voice to achieve real results for North Carolina families,” Aiken said in a statement posted on his campaign website.
Aiken will attempt to represent the 6th District of North Carolina, recently redesigned to include the territory currently represented by Democrat David Price.
Republicans are largely favored to gain control of at least one chamber of Congress in the November 8 midterm elections.
Price said in October he would not stand for re-election, having held the seat for more than 30 years.
The heavily gerrymandered congressional map, drawn by the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature in November 2021, faces several legal challenges.
In December, the state’s Supreme Court ordered a break in nominations and pushed back the primary election date by two months to May 17 to give the courts time to decide whether the new card was legal.