May 7, 2014 1:41 AM by Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The contest between entertainer turned political candidate Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remains too close to call in the Democratic congressional primary in North Carolina.
Aiken, once a runner-up on TV's "American Idol," and Crisco each had about 40 percent of the vote late Tuesday night in the 2nd Congressional District. They were trailed by licensed family counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville.
The winner will challenge incumbent Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in November in the heavily Republican district. Ellmers handily defeated her primary challenger Tuesday.
Aiken's first political campaign drew an unusual amount of celebrity buzz thanks to his career as an entertainer. Crisco spent four years as the state's top business recruiter under former Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue.
Ellmers won the Republican primary, beating former currency trader Frank Roche.