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.
I am suspending all campaign activities as we pray for his family and friends.
— Clay Aiken (@ClayForNC) May 12, 2014
At the time of Crisco’s death, Aiken led Crisco by 369 votes, but the primary was still too close to call.