Singer Clay Aiken’s entry last week into the Democratic primary to challenge U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, the Republican from Dunn, was accompanied by a well-received and personal video. In less than a week it was viewed about half a million times and helped him raised about $65,000 online.
It also drew the attention of the fact-checking website Politifact, which analyzed Aiken’s claim that Ellmers had voted 21 times to shut down the government. Half true, the analysts ruled.
Politifact reported that Aiken’s office sent a list of the 21 votes they counted. and that Ellmers’ staff “gave us a list of 24 votes she gave ‘to keep the federal government open.’ ” Politifact noted there was “significant overlap.”
Hardly anything is ever black and white in Washington, and so Politifact waded through the complications. Here’s its conclusion: