RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One-time White House party crasher and former reality television figure Tareq Salahi has failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot as an Independent Green Party candidate for outgoing U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's seat in Congress.
The Virginia State Board of Elections sent Salahi an email earlier this month saying Salahi submitted 2,051 signatures. But only 480 of them were from individuals who live in the 7th Congressional District in the Richmond area that Cantor currently represents. Salahi needed to submit 1,000 valid signatures. A copy of the email was provided to The Associated Press.
Salahi's campaign spokeswoman, CC Harris, says Salahi did not receive the email and was unaware that he did not qualify for the ballot.