(CNN) – Texas Rep. Ron Paul captured the vote of an American Idol early Thursday when winner Kelly Clarkson tweeted her support for her fellow Texan's candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
"I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance," she said in a tweet too long to fit within the social media site's 140 character limit. "If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote."
But even the platinum-selling recording artist whose support for Paul dates back to 2008 expressed doubt in his electability.
"Too bad he probably won't," she said in the tweet.
Facing backlash later for her candid comments, Clarkson followed up with another too-long tweet.
"I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously that was not my intent. I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women's rights, men's rights, white/black/purple/orange rights," she said.
The twelve-term congressman who's making his third bid for the presidency recently drew ire for newsletters published in his name during the 1980's and 1990's that contained racist and anti-gay language. During an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger, Paul testily removed his microphone after being questioned about the publications that he claimed to have already addressed and dismissed as old news.
But Clarkson, for one, was not dissuaded. In follow-up tweets she defended her choice and noted she'd "never heard that he's a racist," and "never seen or heard Ron Paul say anything against gay people."
"I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all."
Although she identified herself as a Republican, Clarkson said she "voted Democrat last election."
And this go-round, "Out of all of the Republican nominees, he's my favorite," she said.