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'American Idol' Alum Holds Slim Lead in Congressional Primary USA Today, CBS/AP

A former “American Idol” runner-up had a slim lead this morning in his effort to become a Democratic nominee for Congress in North Carolina. USA Today reports that Clay Aiken was ahead of former North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco by 369 votes, with both Aiken and Crisco receiving about 40% of the votes in the primary election. More than 99% of the vote had been counted.

“I am very confident that we are going to be victorious," Aiken told his supporters.

Still, the Associated Press said early today that the race was too close to call, according to a CBS/AP story.

The winner of the election will challenge Republican U.S. Representative Renee Ellmers in a November election.

Aiken came in second behind Ruben Studdard on "American Idol" in 2003.

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