Minutes after N.H. abolished the death penalty, Rep. Renny Cushing reflects on the many efforts he's made to repeal statute - to replace the penalty with life in prison without chance of parole. Photo by Dan Tuohy for NHPR

Minutes after N.H. abolished the death penalty, Rep. Renny Cushing reflects on the many efforts he’s made to repeal statute – to replace the penalty with life in prison without chance of parole. Photo by Dan Tuohy for NHPR

The New Hampshire Legislature has banned capital punishment, overturning the veto of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. The outcome was narrow but anticipated.  And, for opponents of the death penalty, it was a long time coming.