Day after death, Crisco finishes 2nd to Aiken in Congress race - FOX Carolina 21

Day after death, Crisco finishes 2nd to Aiken in Congress race

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Clay Aiken retained his lead over the late Keith Crisco for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District after the State Board of Elections completed a voter canvass Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday's canvass came just a day after Crisco, a successful Asheboro businessman and later secretary of the N.C. Department of Commerce, died suddenly at his Asheboro home.

Heading into the canvass, Aiken was credited with 11,634 votes, while Crisco had 11,265 and Fayetteville's Toni Morris had 5,593 votes. The canvass showed that Aiken had gained a few votes to 11,678 -- at 40.8 percent -- and Crisco was second at 11,288.

Morris gained an addition 23 votes.

The state must now certify the election, which will happen later this month. The Democratic nominee will then face Republican incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers in November.

Although Aiken had crossed the threshold to avoid a runoff following the May 6 primary, Crisco, 71, refused to concede the election until all votes were counted.

But Crisco's stunning death Monday put the race in unexpected territory.

Had Aiken and Crisco switched positions following Tuesday's canvass and Crisco earned enough votes to avoid a runoff, the N.C. BOE explained that the Democratic Party Executive Committee in his district would be tasked with naming a Democratic nominee for the 2nd Congressional District.

If the canvass brought Aiken within the 1 percent margin for a recount, BOE spokesman Josh Lawson said Crisco would have been the one to request the recount.

"Unfortunately he's no longer with us and unable to do so," Lawson said on Monday.

Veteran political consultant Brad Crone said he spoke with Crisco earlier Monday and Crisco planned to concede.

"At his instruction, I had called Gary Pearce to convey that Keith was going to concede the election tomorrow morning and would be calling Mr. Aiken to congratulate him," Crone wrote in an email.

In response to Crisco's death, Aiken said he planned to suspend all campaign activities "as we pray for [Crisco's] family and friends."

RELATED STORIES

Copyright 2014 WNCN. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • DOT fixes sign for new 485 flyover that spelled Pineville wrong

    DOT fixes sign for new 485 flyover that spelled Pineville wrong

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:40 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:40:30 GMT
    Thursday morning the Department of Transportation officially opened a ramp from Johnston Road to I-485. The flyover ramp opened around 5:15 a.m.
    More >
    Thursday morning the Department of Transportation officially opened a ramp from Johnston Road to I-485. The flyover ramp opened around 5:15 a.m.
    More >
  • 2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.More >
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    More >
  • VIRAL VIDEO: If you own a dog, prepare to happy cry

    If you own a dog, prepare to happy cry

    The video says it all.More >
    The video says it all.More >
Powered by WorldNow
Fox Carolina
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WHNS; Greenville, SC. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.