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The 2020 Democratic Field, Minus Joe Biden, Embraces a Death Penalty Moratorium

Joe Raedle

Democrats running for president in 2020 are rushing to cheer Governor Gavin Newsom, after the recently inaugurated California Democrat signed an executive order to halt further executions in his state.

The first two candidates to make public statements on Newsom’s order were California’s own Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), both of whom have focused their campaigns in part on criminal justice reform and the country’s incarceration of people of color.

But those Senators were far from alone in endorsing the order or condemning capital punishment writ large.

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