Clay Aiken’s Political Rival Dies

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May 12, 2014 | 6:55pm EST

Singer Clay Aiken has been given an unfortunate boost in his bid to become a North Carolina politician – his main opponent has died.
The American Idol runner-up ran against 71-year-old businessman Keith Crisco in last week’s Democratic Party primary for a U.S. House seat, and now it appears Aiken will romp to victory after his rival was found dead at his home in Asheboro.
Crisco reportedly died from injuries sustained in a fall.
Last week’s election was too close to call, although early estimates suggested Aiken was slightly ahead.
The singer has yet to comment on his opponent’s death.