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Democratic congressional candidate dies while waiting for election results

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Keith Crisco, a Democratic congressional candidate who battled former American Idol star Clay Aiken for his party's nomination, died unexpectedly Monday.

"[E]arly information indicates he suffered injuries from a fall around 1 p.m. at his home," the Courier-Tribune reports. Crisco was 71 years old.

The results of the election have not yet been formally tallied. Aiken has a 369-vote lead, but "absentee ballots trickling in could change that," per the Washington Post.

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