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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.

While Northam pushes back, Fairfax is under increasing pressure to resign over two allegations of sexual assault.

"It must take tremendous courage for women to step forward and talk about being the victim of sexual assault", Northam said. Fairfax has denied the allegations and called for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe to determine the facts.

Fairfax was previously considered as a top replacement for Governor Ralph Northam when past racist photos in his medical school yearbook came to light earlier this month.

"Almost half of Virginians. say Northam should step down, while the same percentage said he should remain in office", the Hill reports.

In 2017, the Virginia city of Charlottesville hosted an alt-right rally which saw a neo-Nazi ram his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and wounding 28.

Fairfax has insisted that his encounter with Tyson, now a California professor, was 100 per cent "consensual".

"And if these accusations are determined to be true, I don't think he's going to have any other option but to resign", Northam said.

"I can not believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual".

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Another possibility: Fairfax simply hangs on as he disputes the allegations.

"Initially, I could have forgiven him, and I think he could have gotten past it". "To do so, would violate any principles I have of faith that says a person can not change", he told AFP. So can he hang on?

Many Democrats who had carefully withheld judgment after the first accusation against Fairfax, saying the matter needed to be investigated, immediately condemned him.

The attorney general's future also remains in question. Beyer said if you believe the women, there is "no choice" but to call for Fairfax's resignation. Herring has apologized but has not indicated he would resign.

Top Democrats, including a number of presidential hopefuls and most of Virginia's congressional delegation, swiftly and decisively turned against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who stands to become the state's second black governor if Northam quits.

He told Gayle King on CBS that he had balanced those calls against "what Virginia needs right now". Faifax instead called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me". Attorney General Mark Herring said he, too, had donned blackface. In his first interview since the scandal erupted, a chastened governor told The Washington Post on Saturday that the uproar has pushed him to confront the state's deep and lingering divisions over race, as well as his own insensitivity.

"It is abundantly clear that we still have a lot of work to do and I really think this week raised a level of awareness in the Commonwealth and in this country that we haven't seen certainly in my lifetime", he said in the interview broadcast on "Face the Nation".

Before leaving for the service in Chilhowie, a small town in the state's rural southwest corner, Northam doubled down on his determination to stay in office, pledging to promote racial reconciliation in the remaining three years of his term.

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