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Former ‘American Idol’ star Clay Aiken announces run for congress

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Clay Aiken attends the Lower Eastside Girls Club Spring Benefit at the Bowery Hotel on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Former “American Idol” star Clay Aiken is announced on Monday a cogressional bid for a seat in the Triangle, citing increased homophobia and racism from the top North Carolina Republican lawmakers has shaped his decision to enter the race.

Aiken, a 43-year-old Democrat looking to become the first openly gay congressional member to represent either of the Carolinas.

It’s his second attempt at a congressional seat after a failed 2014 run.

Aiken will attempt to replace U.S. Rep. David Price, a Democrat, North Carolina’s 4th District.

Price announced last year that he would not seek reelection.