Clay Aiken finally wins one!
The singer, who was runner-up in both American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice television shows, won the Democratic primary for a congressional seat in his native North Carolina.
The unofficial vote, showing Aiken the winner, was posted a day after his closest challenger died in an accident. Aiken got more than 40 percent of the vote to win the three way race.
Monday, the second-place finisher, Keith Crisco, 71, died after a fall in his home.
Aiken now moves to the general election, where he’ll face incumbent congresswoman Renee Elmers, a Republican, in November. Aiken faces an uphill battle since the district leans toward the GOP.
Aiken’s campaign suspended activities for a time following Crisco’s death. Because of that, his campaign refused to comment on his victory.
In an interview with the Associated Press after the polls closed last week, Aiken who is openly gay, said he was never asked about his sexual orientation except by the media, even though the congressional district is heavily socially conservative.