Clay Aiken's Congressional primary opponent dies

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WFMY) -- A North Carolina textile entrepreneur locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic Party primary with former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken has died.

The president of the company founded by 71-year-old Keith Crisco says Crisco died at home on Monday after an accident. AEC Narrow Fabrics President Robert Lawson says Crisco's son notified company employees of the death.

Emergency workers said they responded to a call of an unconscious person at Crisco's home on Thayer Drive in Randolph County on Monday. When first responders arrived at the house around 1:00 p.m., they found Crisco unresponsive at the scene.

A receptionist at Crisco's company Asheboro Elastics confirmed his death. She said they were told his death may have been as a result of a fall at his home.

There were less than 400 votes separating Crisco and Aiken after Tuesday's Democratic primary contest in the Republican-leaning 2nd Congressional District. The winner faces Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers in November.

Crisco had been North Carolina's top business recruiter for four years under former Gov. Beverly Perdue, who left office in 2013.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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