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NC Congressional Candidate Keith Crisco Dies Suddenly

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Keith Crisco, who was running in North Carolina against Clay Aiken for Representative Renee Ellmers’ seat, died unexpectedly in his Asheboro home Monday.

While few details were immediately available, the Asheboro Courier-Tribune reported Crisco, 71, suffered a fall around 1 p.m. and was declared dead at the scene by emergency responders.

Crisco, who served as state Secretary of Commerce from 2008 to 2012, was the co-founder of the Asheboro Elastics Corp. and active in local government.

Aiken led Crisco by 369 votes after last week’s Democratic primary; and while not all ballots had been counted, there weren’t enough left to change the outcome of the race. Crisco’s campaign was planning to announce that he would concede the election Tuesday morning, said Brad Crone, a political strategist and longtime friend.

Crisco was married with three children and six grandchildren.

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