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Clay Aiken gets by with a little help from his ‘American Idol’ friends

Apparently, it takes more than one ‘Idol’ to win a congressional race. Clay Aiken, the “American Idol” runner up-turned-Democratic-congressional candidate, is enlisting some of his pals from the singing-contest show.

Aiken is getting an assist from AI winners Ruben Studdard and Fantasia in his bid to unseat Republican incumbent Renee Elmers in North Carolina, he said in an interview with talk show host Larry King that aired on Ora TV Thursday night.

“He’s been an incredible supporter to us,” Aiken said of Studdard, who flew to North Carolina and will appear at a campaign event Friday night.

“Fantasia who won from season 3, and is a North Carolinian herself, is going to help us out with that,” added Aiken, who says he wants to serve on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee if elected to Congress.

What does Aiken make of his friends’ loyalty?

“I’m thankful for that,” he said.

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