Clay Aiken announces run for Congress 

Clay Aiken for Congress? Yep, the “American Idol” and “Celebrity Apprentice” runner-up is entering politics.

The pop entertainer, who apparently trademarked the term “Claymates” to describe his obsessive followers, is likely hoping those fans will vote for him in November.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Aiken announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat in North Carolina, currently held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers.

In a video unveiling his bid, Aiken referred to his “golden ticket” — finishing as runner-up to Ruben Studdard in TV’s 2003 “Idol” competition, which has led to several albums and a role on Broadway. But he said he empathizes with those struggling in the 2nd District where he lives, referring to his upbringing by a mother who fled domestic violence.

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