May 12, 2014 9:17 pm -

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.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  1. Obewon May 12th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    It won’t be long until the paranoids chime in with their GOP smear machine via robo-call push-polls. ‘Do you include yourself among the many Midterm voters who think Clay Aiken is a Murderer too?’-Frank Luntz spin zone.

  2. Tolya So May 12th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    This is going to be funny as hell.
    Aiken is going to lose to a dead guy on a sympathy vote!

    • Shades May 12th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      What’s funny as hell is your inability to read. The primary election was last week. Aiken has a small lead.

  3. arc99 May 12th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    “”“apparently his performing career isn’t going so well and he’s bored.””

    that strategy sure worked for Ronald Reagan

  4. sunka May 12th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Clay will be a great change for North Carolina. Hope he wins.

  5. Budda May 13th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Aiken has name recognition and Elmers is a teabagger. We can hope, can’t we?