Clay Aiken Congressional Run
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Keith Crisco, the rival to singer Clay Aiken’s bid for the Democratic nomination for a North Carolina congressional seat, died suddenly on Monday, according to local and state officials.

Crisco suffered injuries from a fall, according to the Courtier-Tribune in Asheboro, N.C.

Aiken held a lead of several hundred votes over Crisco following last Tuesday’s primary, but a winner has not yet been declared as elections officials count remaining ballots.

The Democratic nominee would face incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers this fall.

Aiken released a statement this afternoon saying that he was “suspending all campaign activities as we pray for (Crisco’s) family and friends.”

“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.”

 

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.

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.

I am suspending all campaign activities as we pray for his family and friends.

 

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.

I am suspending all campaign activities as we pray for his family and friends.

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