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Clay Aiken outpaces GOP candidate in 2nd quarter fundraising

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Clay Aiken, congressional hopeful and former "American Idol" finalist, announced a successful second quarter of fundraising, outpacing GOP challenger Rep. Renee L. Ellmers.

Mr. Aiken, who is running in North Carolina's 2nd District, reportedly raised over $450,000, almost $100,000 more than Mrs. Ellmers, who brought in $354,000.

The announcement demonstrates a drastic increase in fundraising from the first quarter, when he faced the Democratic primary with just $74,000 of cash on hand.

Mr. Aiken won the nomination one week after the primary election after his opponent, North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, died from injuries sustained from a fall outside his home. The race was too close to call at the time of Mr. Crisco's death, though Mr. Aiken ultimately was declared the winner by less that 400 votes.

The district is considered safe for Republicans, according to Rothenberg Political Report and Roll Call.

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Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell, an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covers campaign finance and government accountability. Originally from Williamsburg, Va., Kellan graduated from James Madison University where she received bachelor’s degrees in media arts and design and international affairs with a concentration in western European politics.

During her time at JMU, she interned for British technology and business news website “ITPro” ...

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