RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9/AP) - Terry McAuliffe is now the Democratic Party's nominee for this fall's Virginia governor's race.

With no other candidate presenting petitions, the former Democratic National Committee chairman was certified Tuesday as the party's official standard bearer in November's election.

Likewise, Republican Ken Cuccinelli is unchallenged for the Republican nomination to be decided in mid-May at a statewide party convention in Richmond.

One-time reality television figure and White House party crasher Tariq Salahi hopes to run as an independent.

Other candidates Virginia Democrats certified for June's primary were former White House information technology chief Aneesh Chopra and state Sen. Ralph Northam for lieutenant governor, and state Senator Mark Herring and former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax for attorney general.

Terry McAuliffe released the following statement on Tuesday:

"I am grateful for the support of Virginians from all parties and from every corner of Virginia. This is thanks to the roughly five hundred volunteers who carried petitions to all corners of the Commonwealth to help me get on the ballot. With their help, I will continue to work tirelessly to spread our message of finding mainstream ideas to make Virginia the best for business. Together, we can continue to find bipartisan solutions to build on the progress of the transportation compromise that will help Virginia overcome the extreme gridlock that has plagued our roads and our government for far too long."

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