Update (May 14, 2014):
According to the Los Angeles Times, Clay is officially the winner of the Democratic primary in North Carolina, garnering 40.86 percent of the votes. The general election will be held November 4 so we will find out then if Clay is elected to a seat in Congress after competing against Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers.
Although his win was marred by the sudden passing of his opponent, Keith Crisco, congratulations are still in order for the former Idol winner. Way to go, Clay!
Update (May 12, 2014):
Shocking news from Clay's campaign: His opponent, Keith Crisco, has died! The 71-year-old passed away May 12 after a fall at his home.
Original story (May 8, 2014):
It’s come down to the wire once again for Clay Aiken. As American Idol fans will recall, Season 2 of the show was a nail-biter with America eventually giving the crown to Clay’s competitor Ruben Studdard over the talented redhead. Now the 35-year-old is back in a head-to-head race for the people’s votes!
If you’ve somehow missed the news (and Ruben’s pro-Clay radio spot), Clay’s running in North Carolina’s 2nd district for a spot in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ballots started rolling in earlier this week and as of May 8, the results were just too close to call in the Democratic primary. The winner will vie against Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers later this year.
Clay’s got 40.8 percent of the vote while his opponent, Keith Crisco (no, not of that Crisco), has 39.5 percent, reports ABC News. That’s a difference of a mere 372 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
Some votes have still yet to be counted, ABC News explains, saying the deadline for absentee ballots is tomorrow (May 9). As long as they’re received by then, they’ll count. Provisional ballots, those that were cast earlier this week but were flagged for irregularity, are also being reviewed and counted.
You know what this race could really use? Ryan Seacrest.
Sources: Los Angeles Times, ABC News