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McAuliffe predicts Northam 'will do the right thing'

Posted February 3, 2019 9:43 a.m. EST

— Former Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Sunday he believes Gov. Ralph Northam will resign soon amid wide-ranging calls for his former lieutenant to step down.

"Ralph will do the right thing for the commonwealth of Virginia," McAuliffe said on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper. "He will put Virginia first. And I think that will happen relatively soon."

Northam said Saturday he would not step down despite mounting pressure to leave office following the revelation about a racist photo in his yearbook. McAuliffe called for Northam to step down on Friday shortly after publication of the photo, and as pressure has mounted on Northam, McAuliffe predicted he would step aside.

"I know in his heart, he's going to do the right thing," McAuliffe said.