Clay Aiken

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Clay Aiken
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Candidate for
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 2
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
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Clay Aiken is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of North Carolina.[1][2][3]


Aiken is a former American Idol contestant.[4] He lost in the singing competition's second season to Ruben Studdard in 2003.[2]


Aiken has worked as a special education teacher in Wake County, North Carolina.[5]

He has been involved with UNICEF since 2004 when he was appointed as a UNICEF National Ambassador. UNICEF has sent Aiken to Uganda, Afghanistan, Somalia and Kenya.[2]

In 2006, Aiken was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.[2]



See also: North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Aiken is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent North Carolina's 2nd District.[1] Aiken won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 6, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, North Carolina District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Clay Aiken 40.9% 11,678
Keith Crisco, Sr. 39.5% 11,288
Toni Morris 19.6% 5,616
Total Votes 28,582
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections
  • Six days after the primary, with the results still too close to call, Keith Crisco, Sr. passed away in his home. Crisco had been waiting for the final vote totals and had not conceded the race.[6]


Aiken released a web video on February 5, 2014, that described his difficult upbringing and announced his candidacy.[7]

Clay Aiken announced his campaign on February 5, 2014, in a web video.

Aiken launched his first television campaign ad on April 22, 2014.[8] Aiken's primary opponent, Keith Crisco, Sr. launched a television ad on the same day criticizing Aiken for missing meetings when he was on the Presidential Commission for People With Intellectual Disabilities.[9]

Aiken 2014 campaign ad

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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Aiken's reports.[10]

Clay Aiken (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2014$0.00$233,133.93$(108,207.95)$124,925.98
Pre-Primary[12]April 24, 2014$124,925.98$53,525.45$(104,163.37)$74,288.06
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