Clay Aiken's North Carolina Congressional Race Too Close to Call

Celebrity News May. 7, 2014 AT 5:50PM
Clay Aiken Clay Aiken's congressional race in North Carolina is too close to call. Credit: Steve Mack/FilmMagic

It's 2003 all over again! American Idol season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken is having a serious case of deja vu after his congressional race in North Carolina against textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco has been marked as too close to call. 

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Back when he competed on the Fox reality singing competition against Ruben Studdard, Aiken lost by only 134,000 votes of the 24 million cast, causing many "Claymates" to question the show's call-in voting system's flaws. 

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Fast forward to 2014 where he is once again neck-in-neck with a competitor, this time for a seat in Congress. The Washington Post reported that the state elections board's unofficial results from the Tuesday, May 6 primaries give the former reality star 40 percent of the tally he needs to avoid a runoff election, but that his competitor has a large enough margin to request a recount.

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"I sort of prefer it when they just open the envelope and just tell you who won," Aiken joked in a press conference on Tuesday, May 6. "But that said, we are feeling incredibly comfortable tonight."

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