This story is beyond weird:

Former North Carolina Commerce Secretary and businessman Keith Crisco, who challenged former "American Idol" star Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District, was reportedly found dead Monday.

The Asheboro Courier-Tribune reported that Crisco, 70, apparently suffered injuries from a fall Monday afternoon at his home in Asheboro, N.C. He was dead when emergency services arrived, according to the paper.

Aiken is currently leading the Democratic primary by less than four hundred votes.