Clay Aiken Primary Opponent Found DeadPosted: May 12, 2014
At the time of Keith Crisco‘s death, the race was still too close to call
North Carolina businessman Keith Crisco, a Democrat who ran for Congress against former “American Idol” star Clay Aiken, was found dead at his home Monday, his company and campaign confirmed to Post Politics.
Asheboro Elastics Corp., the company Crisco co-founded, confirmed that he died on Monday. The Asheboro Courier-Tribune, which first reported the news, said details about Crisco’s death were incomplete but that early information was that he suffered injuries from a fall. An employee at Crisco’s company also said he suffered a fall, as did Crisco’s campaign.
Crisco, a businessman and former state Commerce secretary, had been vying for the Democratic nomination for U.S. House against Aiken in the state’s 2nd congressional district. The contest was without an official winner nearly a week after a hotly contested primary.
With all precincts reporting the results of last Tuesday’s election, Aiken led Crisco by fewer than 400 votes, while a third candidate, Toni Morris, lagged behind the two. Crisco did not concede the race, awaiting the results of a final count, including absentee ballots that continued to pour in after Tuesday.(read more)