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ASHEBORO — Asheboro businessman and congressional candidate, Keith Crisco, died suddenly at his home today.

Information is incomplete; however, early information indicates he suffered injuries from a fall around 1 p.m. at his home at 1263 Thayer Drive in Asheboro. He was reported dead at the scene when emergency workers arrived there.

Crisco had a long history of involvement in Asheboro’s business and local government scene. He was a co-founder of Asheboro Elastics Corp. and received much recognition for the success of his narrow-elastics business in a struggling textile industry. He served on the Asheboro City Council from 2003-2009.

In 2008, Keith was asked to serve as secretary of the N.C. Department of Commerce by then Gov. Bev Perdue. He left the post in 2012 and earlier this year officially launched a run for the U.S. House District 2 seat in the Democratic primary. He ran against Clay Aiken.

The race was considered too close to call, but Aiken was ahead of Crisco by 369 votes. Both candidates were awaiting word from Tuesday’s official canvass before determining how to proceed.

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Re: Congressional candidate Keith Crisco dies suddenly at home
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2014, 05:02:49 PM »
a democrat.  Oh well.  condolences to the family.

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Clay Aiken's Democratic challenger dies suddenly
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2014, 05:36:48 PM »

Clay Aiken's Democratic challenger dies suddenly
USA Today, news source 5:28 p.m. EDT May 12, 2014

ASHEBORO, NC (USA Today) -- Singer Clay Aiken's chief rival for the Democratic nomination for Congress died unexpectedly on Monday.

Keith Crisco, 71, a former North Carolina secretary of Commerce, died from a fall at his home, reported The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro, N.C. A woman who answered the telephone at Asheboro Elastics Corp., which Crisco founded, confirmed the news to USA TODAY​ and said the company's workers were in shock.

Aiken, a former American Idol runner-up, was leading Crisco by 369 votes for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District but the race was too close to call. The Democratic nominee will go on to face GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers in the fall.

State elections officials have been counting all the absentee and provisional ballots from last week's primary, and the nine counties in the district had until Tuesday to report their official canvass of votes. Toni Morris, a licensed professional counselor, was running a distant third to Aiken and Crisco.

Crisco, who was appointed to the Commerce post by then-governor Bev Perdue, is a former member of the Asheboro City Council and the city's school board. He founded Asheboro Elastics Corp. in 1986 and today it employs 200 people.

Crisco and his wife, Jane, have three children and six grandchildren, according to his bio on his campaign website. They were members of the First United Methodist Church in Asheboro.

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Re: Clay Aiken's Democratic challenger dies suddenly
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2014, 05:38:06 PM »
Very sad for the family.  RIP
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Re: Clay Aiken's Democratic challenger dies suddenly
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2014, 06:14:53 PM »
... It wasn't immediately clear what will happen in the Democratic primary. Fewer than 400 votes separated Crisco and Aiken, who was leading, after the contest last Tuesday. The spokesman and the executive director of the State Board of Elections did not return messages.

The winner will face Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers in November in the GOP-leaning 2nd Congressional District.

Crisco had been North Carolina's top business recruiter for four years under former Gov. Beverly Perdue, who left office in 2013. Crisco was born to a Republican family on a dairy farm and earned an MBA from Harvard University. He spent a year in President Richard Nixon's Commerce Department and had a career in textile manufacturing.

"Keith came from humble beginnings. No matter how high he rose - to Harvard, to the White House and to the Governor's Cabinet - he never forgot where he came from," Aiken said in a statement. "He was a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I was honored to know him."
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Re: Congressional candidate Keith Crisco dies suddenly at home
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2014, 06:57:41 PM »
Could be Carolinacide :pondering:

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