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Black Virginia voters feel betrayed, left in no-win scenario

February 9, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Black voters in Virginia feel a deep sense of betrayal over two top state leaders admitting they wore blackface and a third accused of sexual assault.

They have been left with a less-than-ideal set of choices not even two years after helping Ralph Northam get elected governor in the aftermath of white nationalist violence in Charlottesville.

Many are struggling to come to grips with nagging questions: Do they forgive the Democrats and demand the governor get serious about racism? Or should all three of them walk away, even if the other party takes charge?

The governor has been facing calls to resign ever since a photo emerged from his medical school yearbook page in 1984 that showed someone in blackface next to a person wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe.

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