Governor's Race Offers No Death Penalty Opponent

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Regardless of the outcome of this year's elections, Kentucky will have a governor who favors the death penalty.

And with legal appeals running out for several convicted murderers, the governor could likely be called on to sign death warrants.

The Rev. Patrick Delahanty, a Catholic priest who serves on the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, said he's not surprised that each of the three Republicans and seven Democrats in the race say they favor capital punishment.

"But I don't see how anyone who is intellectually honest can say they have no misgivings about the death penalty," he said.

The Associated Press asked the candidates their views on the death penalty. All of them, including the two physicians in the race, said it should remain an option in Kentucky.

"The protocol for administering lethal injections would need to be reviewed in order to determine if it is just or unjust," said former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, a Louisville physician who is running for the Democratic nomination. "As governor, the death penalty would remain an option for the most heinous crimes."

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