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Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken's Opponent in NC Congressional Primary, Dies Suddenly

Keith Crisco, who was locked in a North Carolina congressional race with Clay Aiken died at his home on Monday, WGHP reports:

CriscoReports suggest he suffered injuries from a fall at his home on Thayer Drive in Asheboro around 1 p.m. Monday. Crisco was dead when emergency services arrived at the scene, City Manager John Ogburn confirmed.

The District 2 race was considered “too close to call,” but Aiken lead Crisco by 369 votes.

Crisco released a statement on Wednesday saying he was not yet 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.”

The NC GOP released a statement:

“We are incredibly shocked and saddened to hear about Keith Crisco’s sudden passing. Keith was an accomplished businessman and public servant with a sterling reputation and a tremendous amount of respect from North Carolinians across the partisan spectrum. Keith, like my father, served the state as Commerce Secretary with dignity and humility, and also like my father, passed away well before his time. Keith’s family is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”

UPDATE: Aiken released a statement:

"I am stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco's death. 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. He was a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I was honored to know him. I am suspending all campaign activities as we pray for his family and friends."

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  1. God works in mysterious ways.

    Aikenomics in 34 years.

    Posted by: steve talbert | May 12, 2014 5:33:06 PM

  2. Was that mine or yours?

    Posted by: GB | May 12, 2014 5:33:51 PM

  3. Maybe Clay will be the first gay president.

    Posted by: GB | May 12, 2014 5:43:27 PM

  4. Wow. Don't mess with Clay Aiken. Guess he takes this more seriously than idol.

    Posted by: Anonymous | May 12, 2014 5:43:42 PM

  5. It's THE SOUTH, kids. The Widow Crisco (tee- her) will rise to the task and vanquish the uppity gay guy in a landslide runoff. Just watch, y'all.

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | May 12, 2014 5:46:57 PM

  6. Who knew Clay Aiken was so ruthless? I want the whereabouts of all Claymates at the time of this guy's "accident."

    Posted by: Merv | May 12, 2014 5:49:58 PM

  7. Was Clay watching Showgirls this past weekend?

    Posted by: Hrm | May 12, 2014 5:51:32 PM

  8. Cue the conspiracy nutters in 5... 4... 3...

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | May 12, 2014 5:56:36 PM

  9. It's not "The LA Clippers.' The spouse could lose it all. Clay may have to kiss a few babies, or black football players.

    Posted by: Gary | May 12, 2014 5:57:00 PM

  10. This gay mafia thing is getting out of control !

    Posted by: Saeed | May 12, 2014 6:01:24 PM

  11. The Gay Mafia! The Gay Mafia!

    Posted by: Sebastian | May 12, 2014 6:02:53 PM

  12. For what it's worth, that's a classy statement of sympathy from the NC GOP. Probably the only classy thing they've done this year, but still.

    Posted by: ryan | May 12, 2014 6:30:03 PM

  13. I remember when Jennifer Hudson's mother and nephew died. This is suspect in the sae way. Somebody wants Clay to win, so he'll win.

    Posted by: Zeta | May 12, 2014 6:31:52 PM

  14. OK. Gregory called it. Zeta wins the conspiracy nutter prize. Should have started your countdown at 4 dude.

    Posted by: Anonymous | May 12, 2014 6:41:44 PM

  15. Fox News:
    Hillary did it
    Obamacare death panel did it
    Michael Sam did it

    Posted by: Bubba | May 12, 2014 6:54:13 PM

  16. Beyonce' has the Begencey
    Clay Aiken has the Aigencey.

    Posted by: Keith | May 12, 2014 7:22:09 PM

  17. Insert Xanadu comments here_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Posted by: Misael | May 12, 2014 7:25:39 PM

  18. Cooks who know trust Crisco

    Posted by: Paul | May 12, 2014 7:25:49 PM

  19. JoeMyGod reports that it was the Aiken campaign, not the NC GOP, that issued that classy statement of sympathy." I don't know who is right and who is wrong on this.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | May 12, 2014 7:45:57 PM

  20. A fall? Probably a stroke or heart attack.

    Posted by: anon | May 12, 2014 8:02:57 PM

  21. Okay this is sad and unfortunate but the dude is 71. This is not totally surprising. Clay is young and healthy. Good luck to him in the race ahead. I think it's actually pretty exciting.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | May 12, 2014 8:05:40 PM

  22. What are the odds Clay runs unopposed for the rest of his political career?

    Posted by: Adam L | May 12, 2014 8:43:40 PM

  23. @ADAM L, well now Clay faces the Republican challenger and incumbent to the seat, so unless she drops dead too he faces an uphill battle.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | May 12, 2014 8:51:32 PM

  24. There won't be a run-off. Not even if Crisco hadn't died. Clay got more than 40% of the vote which eliminates the possibility of a run off. Crisco refused to concede last week and demanded a recount. The results were to be announced this week. Crisco's friend said today that Crisco planned to concede tomorrow morning.

    Posted by: Shanefull | May 12, 2014 8:59:36 PM

  25. @SpaceCadet Not if the "Claymates" have anything to say about it. Someone's gonna fall off a step stool in the not so distant future.

    (P.S. This is purely in jest. Don't hunt me down, FBI.)

    Posted by: Adam L | May 12, 2014 9:02:36 PM

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