- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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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