Clay Aiken's congressional primary race is too close to call

"American Idol" runner-up appears to have a slight lead.
By Karen Butler   |   May 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM
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RALEIGH, N.C., May 7 (UPI) -- North Carolina's House Democratic primary race is too close to call, with singer Clay Aiken appearing to have a slight lead over the state's former commerce secretary, Keith Crisco, early estimates indicate.

With more than 99 percent of the vote counted, the one-time American Idol runner-up and Crisco each earned about 40 percent, while licensed professional counselor Toni Morris seemed a lock for third place.

The Democrats are battling to unseat two-term Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers in November's election.

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

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