Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken's Congressional Opponent, Has Died

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Keith Crisco, a Democratic Congressional candidate in North Carolina's 2nd district died on Monday, throwing further uncertainty into his still undecided primary race against singer Clay Aiken.  

Emergency crews found Keith Crisco dead in his home in Raleigh, North Carolina around 1 p.m. Monday, according to reports from WBTV-3 and the Ashboro Courier-Tribune. The Courier-Tribune reports Crisco died from injuries related to a fall, though no other details were available at this time. Representatives from his business, Asheboro Elastics Corp., could not release any details to WBTV-3

The race between Crisco and Aiken to represent the Democrats party in the general election — against Rep. Renee Ellmers, the sitting Republican incumbent — was too close to call. The unofficial difference following last week's primary had Aiken up by 369 votes, but a canvass to be released on Tuesday was going to determine how each candidate would proceed with their campaigns, or if their would be a need for recount. Now it appears Aiken will be poised to face off against Ellmers regardless of the canvass result.

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