Though the death penalty was long embraced by both major political parties, that has changed in recent years, with the national Democratic Party last year adopting a platformcalling for its abolition. As a result, the administration of capital punishment has become strongly associated with Republicans over the last decade — especially in the GOP-dominated South.
Since 2007, Southern Republican governors have been responsible for carrying out 70 percent of all U.S. executions. Meanwhile, high-profile death penalty cases have focused attention on GOP-led states in the region, such as the recent controversy over Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s decision to execute eight men in 11 days before the state’s lethal injection drugs expired, with four of those ultimately carried out…
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