“American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken (D) announced his campaign for U.S. Congress in his home state of North Carolina on Wednesday morning.
— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) February 5, 2014
In the video, Aiken emphasized his working-class roots and his mother’s struggles with abuse. Referencing his time on American Idol, Aiken said, “For most Americans there are no golden tickets — at least not like the kind you see on TV.”
However, his Republican opponent, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), doesn’t seem too concerned about his ability to win the traditionally conservative district.
In a radio interview with WMAL last week Ellmers said, “Apparently, his performing career is not going so well.” She went on to say, “As we know he didn’t really fare all that well. He was runner-up.”
According to the Washington Post, “Aiken is considered a long shot in a strongly conservative district. Ellmers’s district went for Mitt Romney by 15 points in 2012.”
Despite the odds against Aiken, many fans have showed their support for the star on Twitter.
— J Cohen Resisting (@LostInGOPLand) February 5, 2014
— Sandy Ectman (@Sectman44) February 5, 2014
Following his stint on “American Idol,” Aiken saw success with his single “Invisible” but has largely remained out of the spotlight in recent years since he revealed he is gay to People magazine in 2008.