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Clay Aiken's Opponent in Congressional Race, Keith Crisco, Dies

By Andrea Dresdale

ClayAiken.comClay Aiken‘s opponent in the Democratic primary for North Carolina’s Second Congressional District seat, Keith Crisco, died Monday, according to the company he owned, Asheboro Elastics Corporation.

The textile entrepreneur and former state commerce secretary died at his home around 1:30 p.m., the company said. He had fallen, a spokesperson for the company told ABC News, but no other information was immediately available.

At the time of his death, the race was still too close to call. Aiken was leading Crisco by just 369 votes, and on Tuesday the votes are scheduled to be officially certified. The two were locked in a battle to take on incumbent GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers.

In a statement, Clay said he was suspending all campaign activities in light of Crisco’s death. He said, “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.”

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Opponent of Clay Aiken in Primary Dies at Home

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Opponent of Clay Aiken in Primary Dies in Accident

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Clay Aiken Officially Joins North Carolina Congressional Race

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ClayAiken.comClay Aiken has officially thrown his hat into the political ring. He filed paperwork on Thursday to enter the congressional race for the 2nd District seat in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area currently held by Republican Renee Ellmers.

The former American Idol runner-up, who lives in the Raleigh-Durham area, is running as a Democrat and announced his intention to run earlier this month. He faces a Democratic primary in less than 10 weeks.

Clay said it’s a good thing that his fame has brought attention to the race. He commented, “I think that’s a good thing because we now have districts that have been drawn to be safe for one party or the other, which isn’t the way things should be.”

After Clay filed the required paperwork, Ellmers said in a statement that she welcomes “debate about how to get our economy growing again with new jobs and real pay raises for our working middle-class families.”

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