Virginia socialites Michaele, left, and Tareq Salahi, above at Tuesday's state dinner, were not invited to the White House event. (Bill O'Leary/Washington Post) Virginia socialites Michaele, left, and Tareq Salahi, crashing a White House state dinner. (Bill O'Leary/Washington Post)

White House crasher and vintner Tareq Salahi says he will now run for governor of Virginia as an independent.

Salahi announced his plans to seek the Republican nomination for governor in April and he has run a nontraditional campaign in recent months. Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli is heavily favored to win the GOP nomination for governor, and would likely face Democratic strategist Terry McAuliffe, who still has no opposition.

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