(WASHINGTON) -- It's been rumored since the beginning of the year, but on Wednesday morning, Clay Aiken officially announced that he's running for Congress. In a video announcing his candidacy, posted on his website, Aiken talks about his mother leaving his abusive father when he was a year old, growing up poor, and why he thinks he'll do a better job than the Republican incumbent against whom he's running, Rep. Renee Ellmers.
"For most Americans, there are no golden tickets. At least not like the kind you see on TV. More families are struggling today than at any time in our history," Aiken says in the video. He also says he wants to continue helping special needs children.
Aiken came in second in season two of American Idol in 2003, losing to Ruben Studdard.
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