(CBS News) — The political chaos in Virginia is growing more intense with Gov. Ralph Northam showing no signs that he’ll step down. The Democrat, elected in 2017, is under fire over a racist photo printed under his name in a 1984 yearbook.

The governor met with his cabinet on Monday. Their strategy has been to take the situation day by day. A source familiar with the meeting said it was emotional, but not one member asked for Northam’s resignation.

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Virginia’s Gov. Northam Says That Wasn’t Him In Racist Yearbook Picture

The lieutenant governor who would replace Northam now faces a claim of sexual assault from more than a decade ago. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said the allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 is not true. Fairfax said the accusation is resurfacing now that he’s on the verge of becoming governor.

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“I think it’s obvious what it is. It’s obvious it’s a smear, it’s obvious that we’re on the eve of pretty historic time, and there are people, for whatever reason, may want to come out,” Fairfax said.

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