Clay Aiken Suspends Campaign Despite Winning Democratic Congress Nomination
Wed, 14 May 2014 10:16:53
What a conundrum.
Singer Clay Aiken grabbed more than 40 percent of the vote necessary in order to win the three-candidate race for Democratic nomination for Congress. However, he has suspended his campaign for office, since his main opponent Keith Crisco died unexpectedly.
The state elections board will review the results before they become official, with a meeting tentatively scheduled for May 22, according to The Associated Press.
Whether or not Aiken, 35, accepts the nomination remains to be seen, as he put his campaign on pause out of respect for and in light of Crisco's passing. Crisco, 71, died in a fall at his Asheboro, N.C. home.
Crisco trailed Aiken by 369 votes in last week's primary for the 2nd Congressional District nomination in North Carolina, per unofficial totals. The race was clearly too close to call. A recount or a runoff was planned.
Rumor has it that Crisco planned to concede to Aiken, despite the closeness of the voting tally.
The State Board of Elections released a statement, claiming sadness at Crisco's passing. However, they did not say what would happen next.
Aiken's statement about the death of Crisco is as follows:
"I am stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco's death. 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.
"He was a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I was honored to know him.
"I am suspending all campaign activities as we pray for his family and friends."
What a shame.
Would you vote for a celeb running for public office?