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February 7, 2016

Clay Aiken Bests Renee Ellmers in Second Quarter Fundraising (Updated)

Aiken is running for Congress as a Democrat. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:20 p.m. | “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken announced raising $450,000 from April through June for his bid in North Carolina’s 2nd District — more than his Republican opponent, GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers.

The Democrat, who faces an uphill climb to defeat Ellmers and has not yet reported his second-quarter fundraising to the Federal Election Commission, did not release his cash-on-hand total as of June 30. But that haul is a sharp increase from what he raised in the first three months of the year. Aiken had just $74,000 in cash on hand as of April 16, a few weeks before the state’s May 6 primary.

At that point, Aiken was locked in a competitive Democratic primary with former North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, who died one week after the primary after falling outside his home.

Aiken is the Democratic nominee facing GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers in this heavily Republican district, which winds its way from Asheboro down to Fayetteville and then up to the suburbs of Raleigh.

Ellmers raised $396,000 in the second quarter, including numbers from her pre-primary report, which covered April 1-16. She reported $405,000 in the bank as of June 30.

Mitt Romney carried the 2nd District with 58 percent in 2012, making it a tough district for a Democrat to be competitive. The race is rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Norman Bates

    American Idol was 12 years ago. So was the picture you chose. Get with the times!

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  • whatarepplthinking

    Wish I lived in his district – Clay would have my vote!! (Also was wondering why the old picture!) Get it together Rollcall!

  • JetsFan1984

    I am a Clay Aiken Republican.

  • Linda Daniel`

    Wow, talk about erasing most of his adult life and accomplishments + he doesn’t even look old enough to run in that picture. That said, geat fundraising.

  • Tom Goffe

    Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but total receipts reported to the FEC for Aiken in the quarter was $396,766 which includes personal loans he made to his campaign that total $53,398. Subtract that and Ellmers outraised him by $11,569. More importantly, Aiken has just $209,154 cash on hand in the expensive Raleigh media market while Ellmers has $405,039.

  • Norman Bates

    You need to include all monies raised from April 1 to June 30. This only counts from April 16th and omits money raised by Clay in the first 16 days of April but does include all monies raised by Ellmers. Its spin spin spin.

  • Norman Bates

    76% of Ellmers funds are courtesy of PACs aka the KOCH brothers. Subtract that and she only raised 77k. If donors = voters then Clay has it in the bag because his money came from constituents. Thousands and thousands of them.

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