The Bonfire of the Virginia Democratic Party, in GIFs

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On Friday, Duke alumna Meredith Watson became the second woman to accuse Justin Fairfax, lieutenant governor of Virginia and Trinity '00, of sexually assaulting her. On Friday, a second woman - a former classmate at Duke University - accused Fairfax of rape in 2000.

One state House member, Democrat Patrick Hope, said on Twitter that he planned to introduce articles of impeachment for Fairfax on Monday unless he resigned before then.

"Ms. Watson stands ready, although it will be painful, to tell the Virginia Legislature what Mr. Fairfax did to her when she was 20 years old", the statement said. An archive of his senior yearbook from VMI does not show any similar racist photos.

After his freaky news conference last Saturday, where he flip-flopped on whether he was in the racist yearbook photo but admitted to dressing in blackface at another time, Northam huddled with top aides in Virginia's executive mansion. Kaneedreck Adams, a friend of Watson's at Duke who lived across the hall in on-campus housing, said that one day in the spring semester of 2000, Watson entered her room crying.

The week's political chaos surrounding Virginia's top two elected officials stretched down to the second-in-line to succeed Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring, 57, who admitted that he, too, had once used blackface to imitate a black performer. I believe that the governor wants to govern Virginia in the right direction, and he reached out to me, Victor, during the government shutdown. Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring - who is also embroiled in a racist controversy - are ahead of Cox. Calls for Fairfax to step aside have come from many people, including several potential Democratic presidential hopefuls. The statement described the assault as "premeditated and aggressive", and noted that while Watson and Fairfax had been social friends, they were never involved romantically.

He added: "You have placed your trust in me to lead Virginia forward - and I plan to do that". Fairfax also called the first allegation "defamatory" and "false".

The NAACP's position is for Northam to resign immediately, a stance shared by the state assembly's powerful Black Caucus.

If Fairfax were to leave, it's unclear who could replace him.

The Washington Post-Schar School poll, conducted Wednesday through Friday, found Virginia's broader population to be split evenly about Northam's fate, with 47 percent wanting him to stay and the same percentage wanting him to resign. The entire Virginia Democratic Party has collapsed within the span of a week.

In a statement from his spokesman, Fairfax said he has "never forced myself on anyone ever" and demanded a "full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations".

After years of investment and work to turn the state into a blue enclave in the South, some anxious that the controversies of three men had lit that work on fire and set the party back significantly.

Now, both the lieutenant governor and governor of Virginia are facing mounting pressure from their party, Sabato says, as the future of the Democratic Party in 2020 hangs in the balance.

Northam said he has had painful conversations this week with black lawmakers - who continue to call publicly for him to resign - about the issue of blackface, and why it was wrong for him to darken his face to portray Michael Jackson in a San Antonio dance contest in 1984, as he has admitted doing.

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