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Clay Aiken’s Opponent Found Dead

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Clay Aiken was holding a slim lead over Keith Cisco before the 71-year-old businessman was found dead in his home, apparently from a fall.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Clay Aiken was holding a slim lead over Keith Cisco before the 71-year-old businessman was found dead in his home, apparently from a fall. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE (CBS Charlotte/AP) – The man who was locked in a tight race with Clay Aiken for the Democratic Congressional nomination has been found dead, apparently from injuries sustained during a fall at his home, reports Asheboro Courier-Tribune.

71-year-old Keith Crisco was well-known as a businessman in his home town. He co-founded Asheboro Elastics Corp., which found success even in a struggling textile industry. AEC Narrow Fabrics President Robert Lawson says Crisco’s son notified company employees of the death.

Crisco served on the Asheboro City Council from 2003-2009.

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

He was challenging former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken to represent the 2nd Congressional District for North Carolina.

Aiken was holding a lead of 369 votes from last week’s primary election. Both men had been waiting for a ruling Tuesday from an official canvass before deciding how to proceed.

The 2nd Seat is currently held by Republican Renee Ellmers, who was first elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010.

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