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Aiken, Crisco Race "Too Close To Call"

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

With the Democratic congressional primary race between former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remaining close, spokesmen for the candidates say they're waiting for more clarity.

Aiken's campaign says he's confident of eventual victory in the 2nd Congressional District.

Crisco's camp says he's waiting for North Carolina election officials to check vote counts in Tuesday's race.

The state elections board on Wednesday showed the latest unofficial results giving Aiken the 40 percent of the tally that he needs to avoid a runoff election in July and a margin big enough that Crisco can't request a recount.

But fewer than 400 votes separate the candidates who want to face Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers in November.

Counties don't tally absentee and provisional ballots until Tuesday. Election officials are set to review the count May 15.

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The contest between entertainer turned political candidate Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remains too close to call in the Democratic congressional primary in North Carolina.

Aiken, once a runner-up on TV's "American Idol," and Crisco each had about 40 percent of the vote late Tuesday night in the 2nd Congressional District. They were trailed by licensed family counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville.

The winner will challenge incumbent Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in November in the heavily Republican district. Ellmers handily defeated her primary challenger Tuesday.

Aiken's first political campaign drew an unusual amount of celebrity buzz thanks to his career as an entertainer. Crisco spent four years as the state's top business recruiter under former Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Ellmers won the Republican primary, beating former currency trader Frank Roche.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. )


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