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Clay Aiken Just Won the Democratic Primary… Because His Opponent Died
Mediaite ^ | 5/12/14 | noah rothman

Posted on 05/12/2014 4:43:36 PM PDT by bigtoona

A hotly contested Democratic congressional primary in North Carolina ended in a standoff last week when the race between former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken and Asheboro businessman Keith Crisco resulted in a draw. With just 369 votes separating the two candidates, the race was slated to head to a runoff. On Monday, however, it was confirmed that Crisco suddenly passed away.

“Information is incomplete,” the Asheboro Courier-Tribune reported on Monday. “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.”

RELATED: Democratic Party’s New Rising Star: Clay Aiken?

Both candidates were awaiting word from state officials before proceeding with the next stage of their candidacy. As the last remaining candidate in the race, Aiken will likely face Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) in the fall.

UPDATE: Aiken posted a comment to his Facebook page where he called for prayers for Crisco’s family and friends. “I am stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco’s death,” he wrote. “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.”

In light of recent developments, the former Idol contestant said that he will temporarily suspend campaign-related activities.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; nc2014
I can't help but wonder....
1 posted on 05/12/2014 4:43:36 PM PDT by bigtoona
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To: bigtoona

Guessing that Crisco’s health will be a factor in the runoff.


2 posted on 05/12/2014 4:49:41 PM PDT by alancarp
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To: bigtoona

“I’m getting beat by that quee . . “ grabs chest and keels.


3 posted on 05/12/2014 4:50:32 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: bigtoona

I would too, except Aiken had the lead.


4 posted on 05/12/2014 4:51:55 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: bigtoona

Brad Crone, a political strategist and longtime friend of Crisco’s, said he had
just spoken to Crisco Monday morning. They were finalizing plans to announce on
Tuesday morning that he would concede the election to Clay Aiken.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/05/12/3856392/keith-crisco-dead-at-71.html#storylink=cpy

Other threads.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3155152/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3155130/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3155146/posts


5 posted on 05/12/2014 4:55:10 PM PDT by deport
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To: bigtoona
ans the Filthy Disease ridden Queers REJOICE!!!
6 posted on 05/12/2014 4:59:24 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: smoothsailing

Still entirely possible that Aiken is being groomed, and is getting help to fast track him for HILLARY’S RUNNING MATE. Let’s see, a FEMINIST and a FRUITCAKE.. Something most American females can REALLY get behind!! Ain’t nothing gonna beat a Feminist and her Fruitcake running mate, because America is sick. The enemy of America in 2012 and 2016 is the female voter. Watch it happen again. Sick.


7 posted on 05/12/2014 5:04:15 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: bigtoona
Every dead Democrat is a good Democrat.

It's not like this either of these yahoos was going to win.

8 posted on 05/12/2014 5:06:19 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Gays would also get behind him ;)


9 posted on 05/12/2014 5:06:37 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: bigtoona

We had a congressman elected to congress a month after his death here in Northern California.

From Wikipedia
Miller was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth and Eighty-seventh Congresses. Rep. Miller authored the legislation that established Point Reyes National Seashore. He served in Congress from January 3, 1959, until his death in an airplane accident near Eureka, California, October 7, 1962.

Miller was elected posthumously to the Eighty-eighth Congress.


10 posted on 05/12/2014 5:13:11 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: bigtoona
I posted this earlier...


11 posted on 05/12/2014 5:32:37 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: bigtoona

We need a singer to run against Al Franken


12 posted on 05/12/2014 5:34:34 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

None of that would surprise me one bit.


13 posted on 05/12/2014 5:36:56 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: bigtoona

Does anyone have an idea whether Aiken has a chance of beating the R candidate in November?

Of all the “news” stories, I see nothing about this important question.


14 posted on 05/12/2014 5:39:44 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: bigtoona

Clay Aiken will win the Democrat primary because Democrats are not capable of employing reason and critical thought to determine if a person is qualified for a particular office. Instead, they rely solely on emotion combined with a barbaric desire for power over others. At least this time, Jim Clyburn won’t embarrass himself by voting for the black guy.


15 posted on 05/12/2014 5:40:26 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: bigtoona
Lt. Columbo would like to have a little chat with these two Clay Aiken supporters.

VIDEO

"Uh, I know you two had absolutely nothing to do with the death which was completely accidental...but just ONE more question..."

16 posted on 05/12/2014 6:02:47 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: bigtoona

Arkancide? Pink mafia strikes again?


17 posted on 05/12/2014 6:35:14 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: bigtoona
Well I guess it's about time ol' Clay one something ...

Lost on American Idol

Lost on The Apprentice.

Third time's a charm I guess!

18 posted on 05/12/2014 6:38:51 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: bigtoona

Is Crisco still gonna vote?


19 posted on 05/12/2014 6:43:48 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: alancarp

There isn’t gonna be a runoff and wouldn’t have been even if this guy had not died. In NC there is a runoff if no candidate gets 40%.

Aiken was just above 40% and a few hundred votes ahead of dead guy, unless dead guy was gonna ask for a recount that succeeded in either putting Aiken under 40% or in putting dead guy over Aiken, then Aiken was gonna be the nominee.

It’s all irrelevant since this seat should be safe for the GOP. Dead guy would have had a better chance than Nancy boy though.


20 posted on 05/12/2014 10:14:26 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: bigtoona

Also depends on NC election laws. At this point how does his death legally effect the outcome? Curious.

In many states a spouse can take over and sympathy works for women in elections.


21 posted on 05/12/2014 10:18:11 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

He was from my home town of Alameda, California.


22 posted on 05/13/2014 3:52:50 AM PDT by nd76
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