Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken’s Primary Opponent, Found Dead in North Carolina

Photo: Keith Crisco for Congress

Congressional candidate Keith Crisco, a North Carolina businessman and former secretary of commerce, died at his home in Asheboro today after a fall, the local Courier-Tribune reports. He was 71 years old. Crisco was trailing American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken by 369 votes in a too-close-to-call Democratic primary race following a vote last Tuesday, and was considering asking for a recount once the final tally was authorized. Aiken will now likely face Republican Representative Renee Ellmers in the general election. Keep your Idol conspiracies to yourself. It’s too soon.


Clay Aiken’s Primary Opponent Keith Crisco Dies