BREAKING: @frankthorpNBC reports that Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken's opponent in the too-close-to-call race for NC-2, has been found dead.
— Gigi Graciette (@GigiGraciette) May 12, 2014
Former American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken held a very slim lead over challenger Keith Crisco in North Carolina’s 2nd district U.S. House Democratic primary. The race was so close it had yet to be called for either candidate.
Today, Crisco was found dead in his home:
— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) May 12, 2014
From the Asheboro Courier-Tribune:
Asheboro businessman and congressional candidate, Keith Crisco, died suddenly at his home today.
Information is incomplete; however, early information indicates he suffered injuries from a fall around 1 p.m. at his home at 1263 Thayer Drive in Asheboro. He was reported dead at the scene when emergency workers arrived there.
Aiken responded on both his campaign and personal Twitter accounts:
Keith was a true gentleman. His legacy will be one of great service to the people of NC. I was honored to know him. http://t.co/0AW8S8tYSc
— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) May 12, 2014
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to correct the URL of the “very slim lead” link in the first sentence.