It's being reported on Twitter, but WRAL has the full story - Keith Crisco, who was Clay Aiken's opponent for the Democratic nomination in Congressional District 2, died in a fall at his home today. Crisco was trailing Aiken by 369 votes in the primary.
"This is a shocking day," Crone said. "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 will miss his insights and his wry sense of humor and his keen mind for math and statistics."
In last Tuesday's primary, Crisco was trailing Aiken by 369 votes, according to unofficial totals. Crisco said in a statement Wednesday that he was waiting for county canvasses to see if the race remained close enough for him to request a recount or whether he and Aiken would go to a July runoff.
Crone said he had spoken with Crisco earlier in the day and that Crisco said he planned to concede the race Tuesday.
Aiken, who will presumably advance to face Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in the November general election, said he plans to suspend his campaign for a while to pray for Crisco's family.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Crisco's family.