Congressional Candidate Clay Aiken

Congressional Candidate Clay Aiken

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Aiken was leading, with 11,677 votes, in a three-way party primary, according to the state board. Crisco trailed with 11,288. Yet Aiken’s vote-count also stood at almost 41 percent in a primary contest in which anyone claiming more than 40 percent of the vote wins.