Clay Aiken’s opponent in N.C. primary dead at 71

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ASHEBORO, N.C.  –  Clay Aiken’s opponent in the North Carolina primary is dead at 71.

According to a spokeswoman for Asheboro Elastics Corporation Keith Crisco, who was battling Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District, died at his home in Asheboro on Monday Afternoon.

WGHP says reports suggest he suffered injuries from a fall at his home in Asheboro.

The City Manager confirmed Crisco was dead when emergency services arrived at the scene.

Aiken led Crisco in the race by 369 votes.

Last Wednesday Crisco said he was not ready to concede.

“This election is still very tight,” he said. “I want the elections’ officials to have an opportunity to tally the votes and provide a report on their canvass activities to allow all the campaigns a chance to see the final numbers. This has been a great campaign and I am very appreciative of my supporters and the hard work that the county boards of elections are doing at this time.”

At this time, Aiken has suspended all campaign activities.

“I am stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco’s death,” Aiken said on Monday. “He was a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I was honored to know him.”

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