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July 22, 2014

Clay Aiken outpaces Renee Ellmers in fundraising for NC's 2nd Congressional District

In the race for North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District, Clay Aiken outpaced U.S. Rep Renee Ellmers in second-quarter campaign contributions, recently filed federal finance reports show.

Clay Aiken outpaced U.S. Rep Renee Ellmers in second-quarter campaign contributions, recently filed federal finance reports show.

The Democratic challenger and former pop singer raised more than $450,000 between April 1 and June 30. The Republican incumbent raised more than $396,000.

There are some other interesting comparisons in the numbers.

Aiken, who lives in Cary, has received almost $687,000 since he jumped into the race near the beginning of the year. Ellmers, of Dunn, has another year of fundraising to her advantage and reports receiving $1.3 million between January 2013 and June 2014.

Almost $1 million of Ellmers’ money comes from political committees and $300,000 from individuals during that year-and-a-half span. Aiken has brought in almost $590,000 from individuals – many from other states – this year, and just $21,000 from committees.

Aiken reports $209,000 cash on hand, while Ellmers has $405,000.

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