Fayetteville Observer: Race between Aiken, Ellmers for U.S. District 2 seat garners buzz, little attention from pollsters

Clay Aiken has worked for months to use the voice that launched an entertainment career to help him make it to Congress.

As the Cary Democrat attempts to unseat two-term Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, some political analysts question whether Aiken’s star power can translate into political capital. The race has gained some attention for its entertainer-turned-politician narrative but has been largely ignored by polling organizations and other politicos…

“I think you do have the Senate race taking a lot of the oxygen,” said Pearce Godwin, director of the polling organization American Insights.

“Some may not expect it to be very competitive despite … the headline-grabbing narrative of Clay Aiken running for Congress,” Godwin said.

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