So much for rallying behind the winner:
At the end of Tuesday’s voting, Aiken had received 369 votes more than Crisco in the 2nd Congressional District primary. With 276 outstanding ballots – 190 absentee and 86 provisional – that won’t change Aiken’s position. But it could be enough to trigger a recount. As a result, even though he is trailing, Crisco says he isn’t giving up.
Crisco spent more than three times what Aiken did, more than $750,000 – most of which he loaned to his own campaign. The money bought TV ads, mailers and yard signs – far more than what Aiken employed. Aiken’s strategists said they were banking on the former “American Idol” runner-up’s name recognition, and Aiken has said he intended to save his money for the general election.
369 may not be a lot of votes, but it's more than enough to survive a recount. But Crisco may not be necessarily hoping for more votes for himself, he may be angling for a runoff if Toni Morris' percentage improves:
Morris, who also ran for the seat in 2010 when there was a lot less interest in the race, was more of a factor than anticipated. She almost drew enough votes to keep Aiken below the 40 percent threshold, which would have forced a runoff in July. If the final count ends up giving Morris many more votes, it’s possible, but not likely, that could force a runoff between Aiken and Crisco.
It's a good thing candidates aren't allowed to "gift" votes to an opponent, or it would be even more of a circus than it is. Keith needs to pick up a phone and do the right thing.