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Support For Abolishing Death Penalty Low in Washington State

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - It looks like New Jersey lawmakers have succeeded in something that's gained little support in Washington State.

New Jersey may become one of the first states in decades to abolish the death penalty.

A handful of Washington lawmakers tried to do the same thing last year, and the year before.

But one Washington senator said there just wasn't enough support. Both bills basically died after they were introduced.

"The issue is always out there bubbling, if I could use that term. There certainly are people opposed to the death penalty, but I don't think in this state there's a resurgence of 'We've got to get rid of the death penalty.' I think it's been pretty quiet," said Senator Jerome Delvin, (R) 8th District.   

Senator Delvin said in the 13 years he's served on the state legislature he's seen the issue come up only once or twice.

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