WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - U.S. congressional candidate Keith Crisco, who battled "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken in a May 6 Democratic primary race in North Carolina that was too close to call, has died, the state elections board said on Monday.
Crisco, 71, died on Monday after a fall at his home, according to the Courier-Tribune in Asheboro. His campaign could not be reached immediately for comment.
Crisco, a businessman and former North Carolina commerce secretary, trailed Aiken by fewer than 400 votes after last week's primary election for the Democratic nomination in the state's 2nd congressional district.
He had not yet signaled whether he would request a recount, which North Carolina law allows for when the spread between the top two finishers is 1 percent or less.
Crisco had said his experience in business and public service offset his lack of name recognition compared with Aiken, who taught special education in North Carolina before his 2003 "Idol" appearance launched his singing career.
(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Scott Malone and Eric Walsh)