Clay Aiken’s Opponent In Close North Carolina Primary Race Suddenly Dies
Keith Crisco, running against Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomination for Congress in North Carolina’s 2nd District, died at age 71 after a fall.
Aiken held a slim lead for the Democratic nomination, with an unofficial tally of 11,649 votes, or 40.8%. Keith Crisco was in second place with 11,277 votes, or 39.5%. In North Carolina, a candidate needs to get more than 40% of the vote to avoid a runoff election.
Clay Aiken, 35, faces an uphill battle in the conservative district that voted for Tea Party-backed Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers 55.9% to 41.4% against her Democratic challenger in 2012. Ellmers criticized Aiken’s move, saying “apparently his performing career isn’t going so well and he’s bored.