Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken’s Opponent in N.C. Democratic Primary, Dies Suddenly

by Josh Encinias

Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken’s opponent in the Democratic primary for North Carolina’s second congressional district, died on Monday.

Crisco, 71, was a textile entrepreneur and former state commerce secretary who owned Asheboro Elastics Corporation. His corporation announced his death to ABC News, saying Crisco died in his home around 1:30 p.m.

Clay Aiken shared his condolences Monday afternoon. “I am stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco’s death. He was a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant,” Aiken said.

At the time of Crisco’s death, Aiken led Crisco by 369 votes, but the primary was still too close to call.

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