Transcript for Clay Aiken's Run for Congress
We may make the transition from the stage to public office. And we have the story of one such person. I do. Clay Aiken, making headlines for his songs, his personal life and now a run at the United States congress. ? Is it me you're looking for ? Reporter: He was a memorable runner-up once before. ? I can tell you where I stand ? Reporter: Now, eight years after placing second on "American idol," clay Aiken finds himself in a neck and neck fight to the finish, once again. A razor-thin margin. Reporter: The 35-year-old running for a seat in north Carolina, lost a too-close-to-call democratic battle. Receiving 272 more votes than his opponent. ABC news speak with Aiken at the polls before the Numbers came in. I'm used to putting myself in situation where's it relies on the public vote in some way. Reporter: He was considered by many, the underdog. He was outspent by nearly $500,000. You have a fund-raising base. Reporter: If he does pull off this primary nail-biter, he has a tough battle ahead. Facing republican congresswoman Renee elmers in November. The favorite in the district. It will be tough. For him to get this far is really something. First time out. Now, he has to go through a recount and general election. Still has a way to go. Surprising he's come this far.
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