Singer Clay Aiken has won a chance to fight for a North Carolina congressional seat, according to reports from his home state.

The former American Idol star contested the Democratic primary with businessman Keith Crisco and now, a day after his rival's death, Aiken looks set to face Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers in November (14).

State officials posted the results of the vote on Tuesday (13May14) and it appears Aiken won the 2nd Congressional District race with more than 40 per cent of the vote.

Crisco had reportedly acknowledged defeat before his death on Monday (12May14).