Bloomberg Law
Feb. 6, 2019, 8:24 PMUpdated: Feb. 6, 2019, 10:09 PM

Racial Gerrymander Defender Next in Line if Va. Dems Go (2)

Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson
Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson

A constitutional crisis mainly driven by race and threatening to wipe out the Democratic executive leadership in Virginia could elevate a Republican fighting to preserve state voting districts that critics say disadvantage blacks.

Kirk Cox, now the speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, is fourth in line to take over the governorship imperiled by black face controversies involving Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, and a sexual assault allegation, which he denies, against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who’d become the second black governor and the first in 25 years if he succeeds his boss.

Cox, 61, is ...

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