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The 59-year-old Democrat is refusing to resign over a yearbook photograph showing a person in blackface and another wearing Ku Klux Klan robes - denying either was him.

But he acknowledged wearing blackface on a separate occasion that year while dressing up as Michael Jackson. After the second allegation was made Friday, Fairfax - who stands to become the state's second black governor if Gov. Ralph Northam resigns over a racist photo - was barraged with demands to step down from top Democrats, including a number of presidential hopefuls and most of Virginia's congressional delegation. "There is no better person than a doctor", he told CBS's Face the Nation.

"Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass", Northam told co-host Gayle King.

"The Lieutenant Governor of Virginia presides over the Virginia Senate and must be prepared to fill the role of Governor", they said.

Northam seemed chastened and subdued as he described a week of grappling with what "white privilege" means, with the reality of African-American history, and with the personal failing of growing up after desegregation and the civil rights era while somehow not realising that donning blackface is offensive.

"The truth is important", Northam said.

"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.

Republican Kirk Cox, speaker of the Virginia House, would become governor if all three resign.

"Well, I'm calling Virginia the Commonwealth of Chaos", Sabato said.

A new Washington Post-Schar School poll found Virginians were evenly split on whether Northam should step down, but black voters were more inclined to forgive him. "She turned and asked: "Why did you do it?' Mr. Fairfax answered: 'I knew that because of what happened to you previous year, you'd be too afraid to say anything.' Mr. Fairfax actually used the prior rape of his 'friend" against her when he chose to rape her in a premeditated way".

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In the interview, which is set to air Monday on "CBS This Morning", Northam also speaks out about two other lawmakers embroiled in scandals: Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring.

In a series of statements released Friday, Meredith Watson said through her attorney that a former Duke player sexually assaulted her during that time, though the name of the player was not released.

Embattled Virginia Governor and moonwalking expert Ralph Northam says he's "not going anywhere" because the people of his state need "someone that can heal".

"I actually won the contest", he added.

And Fairfax again vehemently denies he assaulted either woman and calls both accusations part of a smear campaign.

In his comments to CBS, Northam stopped short of joining the growing chorus of leading Democrats saying that Fairfax needs to quit his post.

I heard from Dr. Tyson after the 2004 Convention, and she never said or otherwise indicated that our interaction was not consensual or caused her any discomfort.

In an updated February 9 statement, Fairfax claimed that his encounters with both women were consensual.

"If these accusations are determined to be true, I don't think he's going to have any other option but to resign", said Northam, who told King that he has not spoken to Fairfax since the second accuser went public Friday afternoon.


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