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pressure increased on Sunday for Virginia's democratic governor Ralph Northam to resign former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe for whom north %HESITATION served as lieutenant governor told CNN north him must step down due to the controversy over a racially insensitive photo from north Ms nineteen eighty four medical school yearbook McAuliffe adding quote it doesn't matter whether he was in the photo or not in the photo at this point we have to close that chapter a defiant North them continue to hold firm having said this one day prior I took an oath to uphold this office and serve the people of this Commonwealth to the best of my ability as long as I believe I can effectively for Phil that task I intend to continue doing the business of Virginia calls for his resignation came after the picture went public last week in it one person is in black face standing next to someone in a cook Klux Klan costume at a party this was not my picture I was not in that costume either %HESITATION it's black faced or is K. K. K. %HESITATION and it's it's not me that's in stark contrast to what he admitted just twenty four hours before when he issued a public statement and then a video in which he acknowledged he was in the photo but didn't disclose which person was hammer north I'm apologized for his past actions and vowed to work to earn forgiveness elected as governor in twenty seventeen north Ms struggle to remain in power may have been made more difficult given his admission Saturday that while he was not in the aforementioned photo he did dress up in black face to imitate Michael Jackson for a dance contest around the same time others calling for his resignation include several Democrats running or exploring the idea for running for president including senators Elizabeth Warren Kamel Harris Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand north of , US reluctance to leave office now could make the upcoming battle for the White House difficult for these Democrats in swing states where the black vote is crucial