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    Clay Aiken, "American Idol" Singer

    In this May 6, 2014 file photo, Clay Aiken speaks to supporters during an election night watch party in Holly Springs, N.C. Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, May 13, 2014, a day after the accidental death of his closest rival. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
    Gerry Broome | AP
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    Ronald Reagan, Actor

    California Governor, 1967-75 and U.S. President, 1981-89.
    National Archives | MCT
  • Film Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood, Actor and Director

    Mayor of Carmel, Calif., 1986-88.
    Victoria Will | AP
  • Schwarzenegger Comeback

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Actor

    California Governor, 2003-11.
    Mark J. Terrill | AP
  • PEOPLE VENTURA

    Jesse Ventura, Wrestler

    Minnesota Governor, 1999-2003.
    JIM MONE | AP
  • Shirley Temple Black, Actor

    U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, 1974-76; U.S. Chief of Protocol, 1976-77; U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, 1989-92.
    Mark Hill
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    Al Franken, Actor and Comedian

    U.S. Senator (Minn.), 2009 to present.
    Carlos Gonzalez | MCT
  • THOMPSON'S TOUGH CHOICES

    Fred Thompson, Actor

    U.S. Senator (Tenn.), 1994–2003.
    JOE MARQUETTE | AP
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    Sheila Kuehl, Actor

    Member California Assembly, 1994-2000; Member California Senate, 2000-08.
    Brian Baer | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    Sonny Bono, Singer

    Mayor of Palm Springs, Calif., 1988-92; U.S. Congress (Calif.), 1995-98.
    JOE MARQUETTE | AP
  • Helen Gahagan Douglas, Actor

    U.S. Congress (Calif.), 1945-51.
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  • George Murphy, Actor and Dancer

    U.S. Senator (Calif.), 1965-71.
"American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken's win in the Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat brings to mind other entertainers who were elected to public office as a second act in their lives.
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