Clay Aiken Declared the Winner of North Carolina Congressional Primary
The "American Idol" alum received the 40 percent of the vote that's necessary to avoid a runoff.
It's official: American Idol alum Clay Aiken is the winner of the Democratic primary for a congressional seat in North Carolina.
The news comes one day after Aiken's political opponent, Keith Crisco, was found dead from injuries sustained in his home when he fell.
Aiken will face Republican incumbent Renee Elmers for North Carolina's second Congressional District seat.
Aiken led with 369 votes, or the 40 percent necessary to move on in the Nov. 4 election. The tally will be made official May 22.
On Monday, Crisco, 71, died after an accidental fall. Hours earlier, Crisco's campaign manager, Christine Botta, said Crisco had decided to concede the race after absentee votes were counted.
Aiken released a statement Monday that he would suspend all campaign activities after learning of Crisco's death.
Aiken's campaign told The Hollywood Reporter that the candidate will not be commenting on the results.
"Due to our decision to suspend campaign activities, we are not releasing any statements today," said a rep for Aiken.
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