Tareq Salahi

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Tareq Salahi
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Virginia, District 10
Tareq Salahi was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 10th Congressional District of Virginia.[1]

Previously, he was a write-in candidate for Governor of Virginia in the 2013 elections.[2]



White House Crashers

Salahi and his then-wife, Michaele Salahi, came to fame after the crashed a White House Dinner in 2009, while starring on the Bravo reality show "The Real Housewives of D.C." The couple was subpoenaed by Congress, but invoked their Fifth Amendment rights and refused to speak about the incident.[1]


Salahi reported his wife, Michaele, missing in September 2011. It turned out she had run off with Journey frontman Neal Schon. Tareq filed for divorce shortly afterward and Michaele filed in December 2011. Tareq then filed for divorce a second time shortly thereafter. A judge granted them a divorce in 2012 and Micahele married Schon in 2013.[3]



See also: Virginia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

Salahi announced he ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 10th District. Salahi sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014. Salahi announced he was running following Representative Frank Wolf's announcement he was not seeking re-election in 2014.[1]


See also: Virginia gubernatorial election, 2013

Salahi unsuccessfully ran for election as Governor of Virginia in 2013.[2] He originally intended to run on the Independent ticket, but failed to receive the number of signatures required to appear on the ballot. With that setback, he launched a write-in campaign, saying he would run for U.S. Congress in 2014 if he did not win the governor's race.[4][5] The general election was held November 5, 2013.


Virginia Gubernatorial General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerry McAuliffe 47.8% 1,069,789
     Republican Ken Cuccinelli 45.2% 1,013,354
     Libertarian Robert Sarvis 6.5% 146,084
     N/A Write-in 0.5% 11,087
Total Votes 2,240,314
Election Results via Virginia State Board of Elections.

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