Read today's eNewspaper

John Carney

Delaware gubernatorial, House candidates meet in debates

Democratic Congressman John Carney and Republican state Sen. Colin Bonini have staked out opposing views on the death penalty in their contest to become Delaware's next governor.

In a debate Wednesday night, Bonini said he would sign legislation reinstating capital punishment in Delaware.

Carney, however, said he would let stand a state Supreme Court decision declaring Delaware's death penalty law unconstitutional. Pressed further, Carney said he likely would veto any bill reinstating capital punishment, which he suggested is disproportionately applied to black offenders.

"This is an issue that I've had a lot of time to think about," said Carney, who chaired...