Keith Crisco, the Democratic candidate locked in a too-close-to-call election for a North Carolina House seat against former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken, died suddenly on Monday, NBC News confirms.
His death was confirmed to NBC by a representative at Asheboro Elastics Corporation, which was co-founded by Crisco.
The death was first reported by the Asheboro Courier-Tribune. The newspaper wrote that he appeared to have suffered injuries from a fall at his home. He was 71.
Crisco and Aiken competed in last Tuesday’s Democratic primary, but the race had not been called nearly a week later as both candidates awaited an official canvassing tomorrow. Those results could trigger a full recount or a two-man runoff.