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Renee Ellmers Defeats Clay Aiken In North Carolina Congressional Race

Rep. Renee Elmers (R-N.C.) defeated Democrat and former "American Idol" star Clay Aiken in the state's 2nd District Tuesday.

Ellmers, who was first elected to Congress in 2010, was considered the favorite in this Republican-leaning district.

The race was marked by tragedy: Aiken's Democratic primary opponent, former North Carolina Commerce Secretary and businessman Keith Crisco, was found dead as the candidates were awaiting confirmation from election authorities because Aiken led after the primary by just a few hundred votes.

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