Kelly Clarkson album sales see a boost after Ron Paul endorsement

Kelly Clarkson performs at the 2011 American Music Awards on Nov. 20, 2011, in Los Angeles.
(CBS) Kelly Clarkson may want to voice her political opinions more often. Her album sales got a boost after she threw her support behind Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul last week.

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Within a day of the endorsement, Clarkson's album sales surged, reports Rolling Stone. Clarkson's 2011 album, "Stronger," is currently at No. 13 on Amazon's best-sellers list and sits at No. 6 on iTunes' digital sales chart.

"I love Ron Paul," Clarkson wrote in a post. "I liked him a lot during the last Republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote. Too bad he probably won't."

Although her album sales received a bump, not everyone was happy about the Texas native's move to back Paul. Some people even decided to stop following the first "American Idol" winner on Twitter. Her support came shortly after Paul made headlines for controversial racist and homophobic newsletters published under his name in the 1980s and 1990s.

Clarkson later tried to clear things up, writing, "I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women's rights, men's rights, white/black/purple/orange rights. 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. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he's my favorite."

For his part, Paul was glad to get the attention. He tweeted, "@kelly_clarkson I appreciate the kind words!"

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