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Kellie Pickler Shocked to Learn Clay Aiken Is Running For Congress (VIDEO)

Guess our theories about Ryan Seacrest sending a mass email to all American Idol alums on the daily isn’t fact. Kellie Pickler of Season 5 had no idea fellow Idol alum Clay Aiken was running for Congress in her very own state!

The Southern sweetie stopped by HuffPost Live and while chatting with the host learned about Clay’s bid for Congress.

“This is all new to me!” the North Carolina native exclaimed upon hearing the news, even saying why not go all the way and vote Pickler for President!

Clay threw his hat in the ring for the a spot in the U.S. House of Representatives for North Carolina’s 2nd district back in February. He’s been waging a tough war ever since, with votes coming in last week. Sadly, the race took a surprising and sad turn on May 12 when Clay’s opponent in the Democratic primary, Keith Crisco, suddenly died after a fall at his home.

The Season 2 runner-up has suspended all campaign activities in the wake of the tragic news; at last count, he was about 300 votes ahead of Keith in the primary vote. Would Kellie’s ballot have been among them? See what she had to say by watching the video above.

05.13.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Elisabeth Kramer
Related: American Idol, News, Reality Gossip, Ryan Seacrest, TV Stars, Clay Aiken

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