'American Idol' singer Clay Aiken seeks win in first political bid

File photo of Democratic nominee Clay Aiken taking a pictures with a constituent after a campaign forum in Cary North CarolinaBy Colleen Jenkins ASHEBORO N.C. (Reuters) – “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is back on tour. This time he is trying to win over North Carolina voters with his political chops rather than his voice, and he has less than two weeks left to do it. Polls and pundits suggest Aiken, a Democrat running in a solidly Republican congressional district, could be headed for another second-place finish. Undeterred, he is spending the final stretch of the campaign traveling and living on a bus emblazoned with a “Clay for North Carolina” slogan to tell voters in his native state why he would be an effective advocate for them in Congress.

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