"I am deeply saddened by this sudden and painful tragedy and wish God's blessings for Keith's family through the coming days. His kindness and dedication to his principles were models we should all strive toward, and he will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Keith's family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time."
Crisco, 71, initially refused to concede the election, and the Board of Elections was scheduled to have a voter canvass on Tuesday. The State Board of Elections sent out a news release expressing that it was saddened to hear he died, but did not say what happens next in the election.
North Carolina Congressional candidate Keith Crisco, who was locked in a tight challenge with Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomination, died suddenly at his home on Monday, WNCN confirmed.
Aiken was credited with 11,634 votes, Crisco 11,265 and Toni Morris of Fayetteville 5,593.
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shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of Keith Crisco, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Jane, and his entire family, who have suffered a terrible loss. I had the distinct privilege of working with Keith for many years and I was honored to call him a friend. Keith was a savvy businessman, a passionate public servant and a champion for economic development, but more than that, he was kind. Keith's inherent kindness was evident to everyone he met, and he dedicated his life to making North Carolina a better place to live for everyone. While he worked tirelessly to bring good jobs to our state, he stood up for education, for our seniors and the most vulnerable among us always pushing to make North Carolina a little stronger and a little better. Our state is undoubtedly better and stronger because of Keith Crisco's service."
"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.
"He was a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I was honored to know him.
Crone said he had spoken with Crisco earlier Monday and Crisco planned to concede.
He worked for Burlington Industries, then a textile giant, for years before becoming president of Stedman Elastics from 1978 86. From 1986, he became president of Asheboro Elastics Corp.
Aiken said he would suspend all campaign activities "as we pray for [Crisco's] family and friends."
"It is true," she said. "But we don't have any details. They wanted his employees to know."
candidate. In that case, it could be Aiken.
STATEMENTS ON KEITH CRISCO'S PASSING"I am stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco's death. Keith came from humble beginnings. No matter how high he rose to Harvard, Omega Gold Watch Womens to the White House and to the Governor's Cabinet he never forgot where he came from.
"He was a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I was honored to know him."
If the canvass shows Aiken had the most votes and at least a 40 percent margin, however, the point is moot and Aiken will face Ellmers.
"I have known Keith for nearly 30 years and consider him a good friend. He has done a great deal for his community and his state.
"I am stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco's death," Aiken said in a statement. "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.
Crisco, a successful Asheboro businessman and later secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, had faced Aiken in a tense battle for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District.
Veteran political consultant Brad Crone told WNCN political reporter Beau Minnick that Crisco was near the front door of his house when he tripped on a rug, fell backward and hit his head on bricks. Crone said Crisco had planned to make a business trip to Dallas and told him he planned to pull out of the race.
"I am suspending all campaign activities as we pray for his family and friends." Clay Aiken, Democratic challenger
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The news rocketed around North Carolina Monday afternoon, stunning those close to politics and those who knew Crisco in his Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Lume
Gary Bartlett, former head of the State Board of Elections, said if Crisco were to have more votes than Aiken after the canvass, they would declare a vacancy and the Democratic Party executive committee for District 2 would meet and pick the Omega Seamaster Gmt Co-axial Chronometer
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