ASHEBORO, N.C. — New details Tuesday revealed Keith Crisco, who was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District, died after tripping over a rug at his home.
He was 71.
Crisco’s long-time campaign strategist Brad Crone told WTVD Tuesday that Crisco apparently slipped on a rug outside his home and fell backwards, hitting his head on brick pavers.
He died instantly.
The District 2 race was considered too close to call last week, but Aiken was leading Crisco by 369 votes.
On Tuesday, it was announced that after a final tally of the votes, Aiken won the primary with 11,678 votes, a total of 390 more votes than Crisco.
Reports say Crisco was preparing his concession speech for today, planning to concede because he knew he didn’t have enough votes.
His family issues this statement:
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Keith has passed away after an accidental fall at his home this afternoon. Keith was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was a remarkable man with a tremendous dedication to his family and to public service. We appreciate the outpouring of love from our family and friends and all who knew him. While we mourn the loss of our beloved Keith, we ask the media to respect our privacy at this time.”