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Clay Aiken Loses Congressional Race

Clay Aiken
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Clay Aiken speaks to supporters during an election night watch party in Holly Springs, N.C., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Aiken is seeking the Democratic nomination for North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.

American Idol alumn Clay Aiken lost his congressional race to Republican Renee Ellmers. Aiken was hoping to be elected the Democratic representative for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district, but it was not a particularly close race -- Ellmers, who first gained the seat in 2010, took 56 percent of the vote.

Clay Aiken Wins Congressional Primary Following Rival's Death

In a strange turn of events, Aiken won the Democratic primary on the same day his opponent, Keith Crisco, died from an accidental fall. Aiken was always facing an uphill battle, running as an openly gay Democrat in a district that supported Mitt Romney in 2012. On top of that, it was a tough night for Democratic candidates in general.

The Esquire Network will air a four-hour documentary series about Aiken's race in 2015.