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Rep. Renee Ellmers not worried about failed 'American Idol' candidate challenging her

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Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., isn't worried about former "American Idol" contestant Clay Aiken trying to unseat her.

"As we know he doesn't always fare all that well," the Raleigh News and Observer quoted her telling Washington radio station WMAL. "He was runner-up."

The Washington Blade reported that Aiken is "actively considering" jumping in the race. "One Democratic source said Aiken made phone calls to gauge support, talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has met with figures in Raleigh, N.C., about a potential bid," the Blade reported. "Although it's unclear when Aiken might formally announce a decision, the source said Aiken is 'actively considering' it and 'sounding and acting like a candidate'."

Running as an openly gay candidate in a socially conservative district may be a bigger challenge for Aiken than being known as an "Idol" runner-up.


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/03/3587889/ellmers-says-clay-aiken-couldnt.html#storylink=cpy
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