Raleigh, N.C. — 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.