Final tally shows Aiken wins Democratic nod in 2nd District

Posted May 13, 2014

Clay Aiken

— Final vote totals from various counties to the State Board of Elections on Tuesday show that pop singer Clay Aiken has captured the Democratic primary in the 2nd Congressional District.

Aiken finished with 11,678 votes, or 40.86 percent of the ballots cast in the race, compared with the 11,288 votes, or 39.49 percent, won by former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco. Fayetteville counselor Toni Morris finished third with 5,616 votes, or 19.65 percent.

Crisco died Monday after falling at his Asheboro home and hitting his head. His funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 224 N. Fayetteville St. in Asheboro. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Ave. in Asheboro.

Democratic strategist Brad Crone said Crisco had told him earlier in the day that he planned to concede the race to Aiken once the final numbers were in. Campaign manager Christine Botta said late Monday, however, that no discussions on conceding had been held and that Crisco was waiting for the state elections board numbers before deciding how to proceed.

Aiken, who said he would temporarily suspend his campaign out of respect to Crisco, will now face Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in the November general election.


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  • Roland Kandalbar May 14, 2014
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    Good Luck, Clay. Hope you unseat Elmers. Her reign is marked by nothing but antipathy towards President Obama. Nattering nabobs of negativity need not apply to run our congress and solve our problems.

  • Sumo Vita May 14, 2014

    "He, like our president, has never held a real job and has no clue what it's like to be an average adult."

    To address the second half of this comment - I'm not sure I'd vote for someone whose claim to fame was being an "average adult". I expect leaders to be exceptional, or at least well above average - not parading their mediocrity like Ellmers does.

  • Sumo Vita May 14, 2014

    " He, like our president, has never held a real job"

    I see. So being a Harvard Law school graduate and professor at one of the most prestigious schools in the country means "never held a real job". What is a real job, pray? Which of your janitorial duties qualifies as a "real job"?

  • mediawatcher May 14, 2014

    He, like our president, has never held a real job and has no clue what it's like to be an average adult...he simply slept on the floor as a child and became gay...hardly accomplishments.Okay, let's address your concerns.

    He actually has held jobs, working as a teacher, a camp counselor, a companion to an autistic child. Working with children isn't working? He earned his degree while on tour.

    He founded and runs a successful Foundation that funds camps in 35 states giving opportunities to disabled children to interact with typically enabled children. Just because it is a foundation doesn't mean it's not run like a business. Again, working to benefit children isn't working?

    What exactly is an average adult?

    He slept on the floor as a child. He and his mother were taken in by a friend. They escaped an abusive father and husband. She worked hard and lived frugally. Translation: he knows hardship.

    Being gay is irrelevant to this race.

  • Grand Union May 14, 2014

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    She was a nurse, and mostly worked for her husband. So she knows how to clean a wound and give an injection etc .
    Hardly uniquely qualified to do anything other than run a clinic. She doesn't like the ACA because it cut her Husbands profit margins........its all about money for her.....she needs it more than everyone else, and even said so.
    If Bonzo was oK as Reagans co-star why would not be OK for Mr Aiken?

  • goldenosprey May 14, 2014

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    Amusing conspiracy theory about American Idol (a FOX show!) being a librul tool to keep voters uninformed aside - Being a professional performer is hard work! A lot of talented people work very hard at singing/music without nearly the success of Clay. It takes hours of practice, hard decisions, draining travel, industry savvy and tons of energy to deliver what the people pay for. It is hard work just like construction, banking, management. It is a real job to travel, perform and record. The pressure is immense. His hard work garnered him success in the free market without government help. He makes a lot of money. As a well-traveled, well educated successful man, he should be your hero.

    For all of Renee Ellmers' "qualifications" she has shown she is not up to the job. Time to let someone else try.

  • archmaker May 14, 2014

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    Ellmer's experience as a nurse makes her uniquely qualified to work on our nations pathetic healthcare law IF her party was interested in making it better.

    Since "repeal" is their only strategy, no experience is required. "Bonzo" would have been just as qualified as his co-star.

  • arfamr1009 May 14, 2014

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    Ellmers' experience as a nurse (a job) makes her uniquely qualified to work on our nations pathetic new healthcare law. Clay has worked as a contestaqnt on American Idol which means he was part of the democrat machine to keep voters uniformed by diverting their attention to something meaningless. He, like our president, has never held a real job and has no clue what it's like to be an average adult...he simply slept on the floor as a child and became gay...hardly accomplishments.

  • Don Dickerson May 13, 2014
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    Condolences to Mr.Crisco's family. I don't believe I can recall a primary wrapped up with so much drama before. I'm sure personalities larger than Aiken's have been involved, with the suspicious break-in here or a candidate's untimely death there....but this race took the cake. As for the winning candidate, at this point let's just say I'm nervous about any more "experimentation" in politics and other than a platform seeking help for disadvantaged youth or public fairness for gays, I have no idea what he's running on. What does he know about curbing industrial excess? Balancing the need of a society run wild with ever-increasing costs of public services? I haven't seen anything about Clay that informs me to expect anything other than more "help" for more groups with no attention paid to who pays for such "help". Where are the learned, responsible, engaged candidates?

  • 1splintergroup May 13, 2014

    For all of you folks talking about Clay's qualifications, what are Ellmer's qualifications?! A nurse with a rich husband? Give me a break... Aiken seems like a really classy person. An unheard of qualification for current politicans.