STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE: 4.26 MILLION ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN PRIMARY

Unenrolled voters make up 53.1 percent of the 4.26 million registered voters in Massachusetts heading into the Sept. 9 primary elections, according to new figures from the state elections division. Registered Republicans make up only 10.95 percent of those registered while registered Democrats account for 35.4 percent. Republicans have their highest percentage of registered voters in Barnstable (15.9 percent), Nantucket (14.9 percent) and Plymouth (13.4 percent) counties, and are under 10 percent in Franklin (9.15 percent), Hampshire (8.6 percent) and Suffolk (6.5 percent) counties. Registered Democrats have their highest percentages in Suffolk (53.9 percent) Hampden (39.1 percent) and Hampshire (37.5 percent) counties, and their lowest percentages in Worcester (28.7 percent), Plymouth (28.3 percent) and Barnstable (25.9 percent) counties. The unenrolled group makes up 59.6 percent of voters in Franklin County and a low of 39.6 percent of registered voters in Suffolk County. - M. Norton/SHNS

BERWICK PAINTS OPPONENTS AS CHILDREN

Trailing in the polls and attempting to differentiate himself from his two opponents, Democratic candidate for governor Don Berwick on Friday rolled out a new TV ad. The spot features a girl and a boy - Martha and Steve - on a playground "playing politics" and sniping insults at each other. "Gun lover," says the boy. "Secret donors," replies the girl.


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The boy then spits out "NRA" and the rejoinder from the girl is "super PAC." Berwick in recent weeks has bid to portray himself as above the back and forth between Steve Grossman and Martha Coakley that has often centered on the treasurer's criticism of the attorney general's position against limiting certain gun purchases. "The choice is simple," Berwick says in the ad, pointing to the boy and girl behind him on a slide. "The choice is simple: People who play politics, or a governor who is a problem solver. Leadership isn't trading insults, it's delivering results." Boston Globe poll results released Thursday showed Coakley leading the pack of Democrats with 46 percent, followed by Grossman at 24 and Berwick at 10. In a hypothetical matchup against Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker, Berwick trailed by a 44-19 margin, with independents Jeff McCormick at 6 percent and Evan Falchuk at 2 percent. - M. Norton/SHNS