Clay Aiken’s opponent in the Democratic primary for North Carolina’s Second Congressional District seat, Keith Crisco, died today suddenly.
Crisco (71) died in his home at 1:30 p.m. according to the company he owned, Asheboro Elastics Corporation. A spokes person said he had fallen but no other information has been provided at this time.
In a statement, Aiken said he was “stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco’s death” adding he was “suspending all campaign activities as we pray for his family and friends.”
“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,” Aiken said. “He was a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I was honored to know him.”
The race was still too close to tell a winner. Aiken was leading Crisco by just 369 votes and on Tuesday the official count had not yet been taken.
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