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Clay Aiken came in second yet again.

The American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice runner-up was defeated by incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers in Tuesday's election, losing his bid to represent North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District, The Associated Press reports.

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Ellmers, a Republican, won more than 56 percent of the vote, according to the AP. She was elected to Congress in 2010 and is the chairwoman of the Republican Women's Policy Committee.

Aiken, 35, won the Democratic nomination after his opponent in the race died suddenly during the primary campaign. If the Idol alum had won, he would have been the first openly gay congressman elected in the South. 

Aiken's failed bid will be the subject of a four-hour docuseries on Esquire, set to premiere in early 2015. Lightbox Productions' Simon and Jonathan Chinn had been filming Aiken since he announced his candidacy in February. 

After Tuesday's election, Republicans now control both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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