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New Hampshire's state House of Representatives voted Wednesday to abolish the state's death penalty, which has not been carried out in nearly 70 years.

The bill will next head to the state Senate where its fate is not certain. However, the 193-174 vote in the Democratic-led House is well short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a threatened veto by Gov. John Lynch.

"I believe there are some crimes that are so heinous, the death penalty is warranted," Lynch said in a statement issued by his office. Read full article »

CNN's Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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