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    Clay Aiken Beats Dead Man in Dem Primary

    Democratic nominee Clay Aiken signs an autograph for a constituent after a campaign forum in Cary, North Carolina, April 28, 2014. The "American Idol" runner-up is bidding for a North Carolina congressional seat in his homestate's 2nd congressional district May 6, 2014.  Photo taken April 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Colleen Jenkins  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR3NKBL

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    It was close, but Clay Aiken officially beat businessman Keith Crisco, who died Monday, in North Carolina's Democratic congressional primary. The former American Idol star's bid for the nomination was too close to call at first, but a tally released on Tuesday shows he received more than the 40 percent needed to win. On Monday, Crisco died after falling in his home, and his campaign manager said he was willing to concede loss to Aiken. Now Aiken will take on Republican congresswoman Renee Ellmers.

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