Clay Aiken’s Democratic Primary Challenger Dies Suddenly

May 13, 2014 at 7:12 am |
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Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken

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Keith Crisco, Democratic challenger to former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken for the 2nd Congressional District of North Carolina, died suddenly on Monday.

The Asheboro Courier-Tribune was the first to report the 71 year-old’s death. Crisco appeared to have suffered injuries from a fall at his home in Asheboro, North Carolina. He was dead when emergency services arrived.

The former North Carolina Commerce Secretary was locked in a too-close-to-call election with Aiken, Aiken holding a slight lead of 369 votes (40.83% of the vote). These results could spark a recount or a two-man runoff. As of Wednesday, May 7th Crisco stated that he was not ready to concede. Both Democratic candidates were awaiting confirmation before deciding how to proceed in the ultimate race to unseat North Carolina Republican Representative Renee Ellmers.

Aiken said in a statement Monday evening:

I am stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco’s death. Keith came from humble beginnings. No matter how high he rose — to Harvard, to the white House and to the Governor’s Cabinet — he never forgot where he came from. He was a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I was honored to know him. I am suspending all campaign activities as we pray for his family and friends.

 

Keith Crisco, Democratic challenger to former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken for the 2nd Congressional District of North Carolina, died suddenly on Monday.