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Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt Governor of sexual assault

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Virginia's state government seemed to come unglued on February 8 as an embattled Gov. Ralph Northam made it clear he won't resign and the man in line to succeed him was hit with another sexual assault accusation and barraged with demands that he step down, too.

But Fairfax has steadfastly maintained that the two incidents that surfaced this week - one from 2004, and the other from 2000 - were consensual sexual encounters, and he has asked for the FBI to conduct an investigation in order to ensure "due process". Fairfax has vehemently denied the claims and called for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate.

Almost 60 percent of African-Americans in Virginia want Gov. Ralph Northam to remain in office despite the recent scandal surrounding a racist photo on the Democrat's 1984 medical school yearbook page, according to a poll released Saturday.

He said he had been in more hard situations in his medical career, and continued: "Right now, Virginia needs someone that can heal". Alison Dagnes, a political science professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, says they've got the benefit of deep political polarization, the growth of partisan media - and now the model of President Trump, who has often survived his scandals simply by riding out the news cycle.

Northam said the humbling week and the late-in-life conversations about race have made him determined to refocus his governorship, but it seemed plain that he is just beginning to think through what that might mean. And so this has been a real, I think, an awakening for Virginia.

Another possibility: Fairfax simply hangs on as he disputes the allegations. "To do so, would violate any principles I have of faith that says a person can not change", he told AFP. "Certainly he can hang on". On Friday, the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association removed Fairfax from its leadership ranks, naming officials from DE and Washington state in his place.

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The attorney general's future also remains in question.

"I know that sometimes", Whitehead argued, "it's a case of 'I'm supposed to respond like this.' And 'this is what's expected of me.'" The blackface controversy has exploded into a full blown crisis for Northam's Democratic Party after it emerged his deputy Justin Fairfax had been accused by two women of sexual misconduct, likely ruling him out of contention should his boss bow to calls to step down. Herring has apologized but has not indicated he would resign.

In spite of calls from him to be 86'd from the political landscape, in his interview with King, which will air on CBS This Morning on Monday- Northam reiterates that he has no plans to resign. He said he supports Fairfax's call for an investigation into the sexual assault allegations. Attorney General Mark Herring said he, too, had donned blackface.

"I can only imagine that it must take tremendous courage for women to step forward and and talk about these things that are just so hurtful". In his first interview since the scandal erupted, he told The Washington Post on Saturday that the uproar has pushed him to confront the state's deep and lingering divisions, as well as his own insensitivity.

Twitter, however, wasn't impressed by Northam's progress so far.

At the start of the week, Cox said there was little appetite among lawmakers to remove Northam through impeachment, saying resignation "would obviously be less pain for everyone".

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