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Clay Aiken Running For U.S. Congress?

Congressman Clay Aiken? 

It looks like the American Idol runner-up is exploring a run for U.S. Congress representing North Carolina's 2nd Congressional district.

According to The Washington Blade (via HuffPo):

One Democratic source said Aiken made phone calls to gauge support, talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has met with figures in Raleigh, N.C., about a potential bid. Although it’s unclear when Aiken might formally announce a decision, the source said Aiken is “actively considering” it and “sounding and acting like a candidate.”

To help explore a run, the source said Aiken has been working with Betsy Conti, a Raleigh-based political strategist who’s worked for former North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue and Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore in addition to serving as Maryland’s deputy labor secretary in the Glendening administration. It’s unclear whether Aiken has formally hired her or anyone else to help with his bid.

Another Democratic source said Aiken was in D.C. last month meeting with pollsters at Hart Research Associates to examine polling data with one of the partners at the firm.

Surprised to hear about Aiken's alleged political ambitions, Instincters?

Could he run a successful campaign?