February 2, 2019

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US Democratic governor under fire for racist yearbook photo  (Deutsche-Welle, 2/02/19)

[I]n the event of a resignation, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who is African-American, would assume the governor's office. [...]

The growth of a diverse population surrounding Washington, DC, in the northern part of the state, helped Democrats make gains in Virginia. But as a historically Southern state that was the seat of the Confederacy during the Civil War, Virginia has been an epicenter in the battle between progressives and conservatives over identity issues.

In 2017, the city of Charlottesville was the scene of the Unite the Right rally that saw neo-Nazis march through the city and led to counterprotests, in which a 32-year-old woman was intentionally run over and killed by a white nationalist. 

The governor's race that Northam won was fraught with racial animosity, with Republican candidates courting Donald Trump's voting base through hard-line immigration stances. Northam, conversely, ran as a champion of the state's burgeoning Central American immigrant community and supporter of multiculturalism.

Fairfax is only the second African-American to be elected statewide and would immediately become at least a top vp pick.

Posted by at February 2, 2019 7:20 AM

  

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