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Clay Aiken Is Running for Congress

Image courtesy of ClayAiken.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ClayAiken.com (via ABC News Radio)

It's been rumored since the beginning of the year, but this morning, Clay Aiken officially announced that he's running for Congress.

The 35-year-old former American Idol finalist is running as a Democrat for North Carolina's second congressional district seat in the House of Representatives.  In a video announcing his candidacy, posted on his website , Aiken talks about his mother leaving his abusive father when he was a year old, growing up poor, and why he thinks he'll do a better job than the Republican incumbent against whom he's running, Rep. Renee Ellmers .

"For most Americans, there are no golden tickets. At least not like the kind you see on TV. More families are struggling today than at any time in our history," Clay says in the video.  He also says he wants to continue helping special needs children.

Clay came in second in season two of American Idol in 2003, losing to Ruben Studdard .

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