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Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax presides over the Senate at the Virginia State Capitol

In a statement on Saturday, Fairfax said his encounters with two women who have accused him of sexual assault were consensual.

His first accuser, Vanessa Tyson, came forward last week with allegations that he forced her to perform oral sex on him in his hotel room at the Democratic Party convention in Boston in 2004.

Senior Democrats have already called on him to resign, including Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Tim Kaine and Elizabeth Warren.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, still facing calls to resign as governor a week after the revelation that his page in a medical school yearbook features a racist photograph, is now tightly focused on coming up with plans to survive.

"He's going to undergo the same kind of pressure that Governor Northam has had over the last week, but we see what's happened - nothing, nothing", Sabato said.

President Donald Trump has weighed in on the controversy with several tweets.

Those rebuttals have not satisfied fellow Democrat Patrick Hope, a state delegate who has promised to introduce articles of impeachment when lawmakers reconvene Monday.

For now, it appears Virginians themselves remain split on whether their leaders must step down. And then, Herring admitted to wearing blackface and dressing like a rapper in college.

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A second woman has accused Virginia's lieutenant governor of sexual misconduct, USA media reported Friday, further adding to the political turmoil in the eastern U.S. state. "We learn from our mistakes and I'm a stronger person", Northam said.

The lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, said her team had statements from ex-classmates who said Watson "immediately" told friends Fairfax raped her. And you know if you look at Virginia's history we are now at the 400 year anniversary, just 90 miles from here in 1619. But he said if the accusations "are determined to be true, I don't think he's going to have any other option but to resign".

The school released a statement on Saturday night. Fairfax has asked the FBI to investigate the assault claims against him.

Northam, a Democrat, has refused calls to step down after an old medial school yearbook photo showing a person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit surfaced a week ago.

There are ongoing inequities to access to things like education, health care, mortgages, capital, entrepreneurship. It will be very positive and you know we have a number of inequities in this country right now and in Virginia.

Although the Democratic Party has taken nearly a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly to them: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican Cox would become governor. Herring would become governor should both Northam and Fairfax step down.

Other journalists and critics weren't so sure that Northam committed a grand gaffe on Sunday (though no one disputes how much trouble he's created for himself generally).

Although the Democratic Party has taken nearly a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly to them: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would become governor.

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