Clay Aiken Loses Congressional Bid, Announces Return to Television

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Clay Aiken has come in second once again.

The artist-turned-politician, who finished second to Ruben Studdard on American Idol, lost his North Carolina Congressional race last night.

He was defeated by incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers, who claimed 56 percent of the district's vote and who was first elected in 2010 to the same office.

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If he had pulled off the upset, Aiken would have become the first openly gay congressman elected from the South.

It was a tough campaign overall for the Democrat, who distanced himself as often as possible from President Obama and whose primary challenger (Keith Crisco) actually died in May.

Then, last night, Aiken’s bus broke down after leaving a polling station. The accident took place after he voted and police had to tow the vehicle off the road.

Despite these setbacks, Aiken won’t be leaving the spotlight any time soon.

Esquire Network has announced that Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn have been behind the scenes of Aiken's campaign since his February candidacy announcement, filming footage for a four-hour untitled docuseries that will premiere in 2015.

"We were granted incredible access during the making of this documentary, and in turn were able to capture the internal workings of an American campaign - the good, the bad and the ugly," Simon said via statement, with Jonathan adding:

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Esquire Network, who are tackling topics that are not only popular and entertaining but also smart and thoughtful."

Aiken can also take solace in knowing he was far from the only Democrat to lose last night. Far, far, far, far from the only one.

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Clay Aiken Biography

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Clay Aiken Quotes

I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that.

Clay Aiken

I have no idea if he'll be gay or straight. It's not something I'll have anything to do with, or that he'll have anything to do with. It's already probably up inside the code there ... No matter what the situation you're in, if you're raised in a loving environment, that's the most important thing.

Clay Aiken [on his son]