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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he answers reporters questions in Richmond, Va., Monday, June 24, 2013. McDonnell answered questions on the new state laws taking effect July 1.
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he answers reporters questions in Richmond, Va., Monday, June 24, 2013. McDonnell answered questions on the new state laws taking effect July 1.

In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell is riding out an FBI investigation, a series of troubling disclosures and now calls for his resignation.

As the governor enters the last few months of his term in office, he's increasingly becoming besieged by scandal. Reports of undisclosed gifts to McDonnell's family have mounted, and last week Fairfax County state Senator Chap Petersen called for the governor to come clean or step down. Now Arlington County state Senator Barbara Favola says it's time for the governor to resign.

"I would rather have us running the government in an efficient way and an effective way every day. And I don't think we are going to achieve that if the governor remains in office," she says.

If McDonnell were to resign, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling would fill the unexpired term. And University of Virginia Center for Politics analyst Kyle Kondik says that could shake up the race for governor.

"It's certainly possible that if Bolling became governor that he could run a write-in campaign for governor as the sitting governor. You know, Bolling's name isn't that hard to spell, and people have won write-in contests in the past," he says.

Still, for University of Mary Washington professor Stephen Farnsworth, any talk of resignation is premature.

"To me, there's no need to resign in advance of an indictment unless the indictment is inevitable," says Farnsworth. "And we don't have any indication that's the case," he says.

The gifts at the center of the scandal first came to light as part of an embezzlement case against a former Executive Mansion chef in a trial that's scheduled for October.

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