Va. governor says he won’t quit; new allegation hits deputy

Virginia’s state government seemed to come unglued Friday as an embattled Governor 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.

Top Democrats, including a number of presidential hopefuls and most of Virginia’s congressional delegation, swiftly and decisively turned against Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who would become Virginia’s second black governor if Northam quit.

The twin developments came at the end of an extraordinary week that saw all three of Virginia’s top elected officials — all Democrats — embroiled in potentially career-ending scandals fraught with questions of race, sex and power.

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