Clay Aiken has reportedly stated that he is considering running for Congress from his native state of North Carolina. The American Idol star is considering running in North Carolina’s 2nd District. That is a seat which forms something of an uneven U which stretches across the very middle of the state and ends up missing urban areas and large concentrations of black voters.
The last time Aiken found himself in any type of election, he received about 12 million votes and he ended up losing. If the former American Idol contestant was to run for Congress, as he is reportedly seriously considering, he would only need around 100,000 votes. The problem with that is Clay Aiken is a Democrat and he will most likely have a very hard time in getting them.
Right now the seat he wants is held by second-term Rep. Renee Ellmers. She won her very first election by receiving less than 1,495 votes against Democrat congress member Bob Etheridge. After Ellmers was elected, the district became suggestively more Republican because of redistricting.
Clay Aiken would still likely be the most promising candidate that Democrats could attract. He would be able to raise a large amount of money and draw a lot of national attention. Plus, Ellmers is most likely to face a prime challenge. She was elected in as one of the Tea Party candidates so she has ended up upsetting quite a few devoted conservatives with her persistent support of Republican House Speaker John Boehner and GOP House leadership since she arrived in Washington.
The real question is if Aiken would really be a competitive candidate. While a Democrat there does hold a similar district that is Republican in North Carolina, that person has over and over voted against the Affordable Care Act. He also was a co-sponsor of a constitutional amendment which to ban any same-sex marriage. This is in major contrast to the openly gay Aiken. He would most likely have a tough time going from a television and Broadway star to being a rustic Blue Dog Democrat.
As of this time, national Democrats have been staying out of the picture and letting Aiken decide himself what to do. David Bergstein, who is a spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, exclaimed in a statement that Congresswoman Ellmers was responsible for some of the most reckless and unpopular Congress in history. It has put the middle class at even greater risk than before, but everything is up to possible candidates to talk about whether they are interested in running for Congress. It is not up to Democrats already in.
Aiken does not have a lot of time to decide if he wants to follow in the footsteps of other celebrities who have ran for office. People such as Al Franken, Sonny Bono, and of course Ronald Reagan all were elected to various elected statuses. North Carolina has a two week filling period and that begins on Feb. 10.
Clay Aiken needs to decide if he is going to run for Congress from his native state of North Carolina.
By Kimberly Ruble