Clay Aiken placed second on the sophomore season of American Idol in 2003. After a string of album releases, a stint on Broadway, and touring, the North Carolina native decided to run for office in the state’s 2nd Congressional District. He came in second to Rep. Renee Ellmers.
Aiken’s second-place finish serves as the basis for his new Esquire Network series, The Runner-Up. The documentary series, airing 10 p.m. Tuesdays, takes a look at one of the most unique political campaigns of the past election year. Aiken struggles with his desire to be seen as a viable candidate a...
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