is a 2014
candidate seeking election to the
the 2nd Congressional District
Aiken is a former
American Idol contestant. He lost in the singing competition's second season to Ruben Studdard in 2003. 
Aiken has worked as a special education teacher in Wake County, North Carolina.
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.
In 2006, Aiken was appointed by President
George W. Bush to the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
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. Aiken won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 6, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
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.
Aiken released a web video on February 5, 2014, that described his difficult upbringing and announced his candidacy.
VIDEO Clay Aiken announced his campaign on February 5, 2014, in a web video.
Aiken launched his first television campaign ad on April 22, 2014.
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.
VIDEO Aiken 2014 campaign ad
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.
Clay Aiken (2014) Campaign Finance Reports Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Total Contributions for Reporting Period Expenditures Cash on Hand April Quarterly  April 15, 2014 $0.00 $233,133.93 $(108,207.95) $124,925.98 Pre-Primary  April 24, 2014 $124,925.98 $53,525.45 $(104,163.37) $74,288.06 Running totals $286,659.38 $(212,371.32)
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USA Today, "Singer Clay Aiken launches bid for Congress," accessed February 5, 2014
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Fox News, "Clay Aiken announces run for Congress in North Carolina," accessed February 5, 2014
Washington Post, "Clay Aiken announces campaign for Congress," accessed February 5, 2014
Reuters, "'American Idol' singer Clay Aiken to run for Congress in North Carolina," accessed February 5, 2014
Yahoo News, "Clay Aiken to run for Congress in North Carolina," accessed February 5, 2014
ABC, "Keith Crisco dies at his home just days after primary," May 12, 2014
Talking Points Memo, "Clay Aiken Is Officially Running For Congress (VIDEO)," accessed February 5, 2014
Roll Call, "Clay Aiken Is Back on TV (Updated)," accessed April 23, 2014
Roll Call, "Clay Aiken Slammed in TV Ad," accessed April 23, 2014
Federal Election Commission, "Clay Aiken Summary Report," accessed May 5, 2014
Federal Election Commission, "Clay Aiken April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
Federal Election Commission, "Clay Aiken Pre-Primary," accessed July 7, 2014