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Top three Virginia officials continue to refuse resignation

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2017 file photo, from left, Lt. Governor-elect Justin Fairfax, Attorney General-elect Mark Herring and Governor-elect Ralph Northam listen as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe addresses a joint meeting of the House and Senate money committees at the Pocahontas Building in Richmond, Va. With Virginia's top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and their tangled political implications. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

The three top officials in Virginia, all pressured to step down, are still in their spots.

"This sort of personal scandal has not been commonplace in the commonwealth," said David Lublin, a political science professor at American University

Lublin says while the spotlight started on Ralph Northam, it soon included the other members of the Virginia executive branch.

“Well, the governor has oddly been helped by the scandals engulfing the lieutenant governor and the attorney general," he said. "The lieutenant governor’s scandal appears worse because there’s now two credible accusations of sexual assault.”

All three men are Democrats, but both sides of the aisle are calling for resignations.

Both Northam and Mark Herring admit to wearing blackface at parties in the 80s. Justin Fairfax denies the claims of sexual assault.

“So, that makes it hard for Democrats to go easy on him without looking like complete hypocrites," Lublin said. "At the same time, he’s the only African American official of the three and the Democrats may look awkward if neither of the two white guys has to resign.”

As of now, no one is backing down.

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