Jan 10, 2022 - Politics & Policy

"American Idol" alum Clay Aiken to run for Congress in North Carolina

Clay Aiken
Clay Aiken running for Congress in 2014. Photo: Jeffrey A. Camarati/Getty Images

Former "American Idol" contestant Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina, he announced in a video Monday, eight years after his failed bid for a House seat in the state.

Details: Aiken, who finished second on "American Idol" in 2003, is running as a Democrat to replace long-serving Rep. David Price in North Carolina's redrawn 6th District. Price, also a Democrat, announced last October he would not seek re-election.

  • Aiken lost a bid for Congress in 2014 to then-Republican incumbent Renee L. Ellmers.

What he's saying: “For decades, North Carolina was actually the progressive beacon in the South. ... But then things changed, and the progressives lost power, and we started getting backward-ass policies, like the voter suppression bills and the bigoted bathroom bill,” Aiken said in the video.

  • “Because today, it seems like the loudest voices in North Carolina politics are white nationalists, like this guy,” Aiken said, as the video showed a clip of Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.).

Aiken's platform includes fighting for "inclusion, income equality, free access to quality health care, and combating climate change," per his campaign website.

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