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Nathaniel Exum

Narrow majority of Md. senators oppose repeal of death penalty, survey reveals

Gov. Martin O'Malley's push to end the death penalty in Maryland would probably fall short if a legislative vote were held today, even though the governor insisted yesterday that the repeal effort "has a real shot this year." A Baltimore Sun survey of the 47-member state Senate - considered the critical chamber where the issue will be decided - has revealed a narrow majority opposed to repealing capital punishment. The measure's fate could be determined by a handful of undecided or wavering senators. Some of those senators said they had yet to hear from the governor, even though O'Malley said last month that he would do "everything in my power" to...