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Seventy percent of unenrolled voters have not yet decided on a candidate.

Elise Amendola/Associated Press (left), Stephan Savoia/Assoicated press

Seventy percent of unenrolled voters have not yet decided on a candidate.

Coakley holds slim edge over Baker

The Globe poll suggests a race that could tilt in either direction based on the campaigns’ maneuvers in the coming weeks. By Jim O’Sullivan

Tracking the stories that the Massachusetts political community is talking about on Twitter.
Each week SocialSphere, in partnership with The Boston Globe, ranks the most influential political voices on Twitter.

// A new player on the N.H. media scene — just in time for 2016

Bill Binnie has turned a former elementary school in Concord, N.H., into the headquarters of a media operation called NH1.

Good week, bad week

Pick your gambling metaphor: Everett won big in the casino sweepstakes, while Suffolk Downs came up short.

Capital source

From federal prison to the State House?

The GOP nominee for the state Senate for the Cape and Islands convinced Republican voters that he is a new man.

Time machine

Ubiquitous ads, suspicious voters in the Globe archives

From the Globe archives, some quirky moments in political history.

Political intelligence

Speaker has tough task in backfilling leadership posts

Robert DeLeo faces an internal test of his leadership, the results of which hold heavy ramifications for the future of the House.

//[1].jpg Campaigns’ secret weapon: pizza

Campaigns reported spending almost $400,000 explicitly for pizza or at restaurants with pizza in their name since 2002.


Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.

UNH political science professors Andrew Smith (left) and Dante Scala are creating a massive open online course about the history of the state’s presidential primary.

Cheryl Senter for The Boston Globe

From computers across the globe, lessons on the N.H. primary

Professors at the University of New Hampshire plan to offer a massive open online course on the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

// Favorite moments in presidential primary history

Remember Hillary Clinton’s surprise win in ‘08? McCain’s victory in 2000? The Children’s Campaign of ’68?



Charlie Baker shook hands with Michael Burke of South Boston during the Patriots game on Sunday.

Four ways Charlie Baker sounds different this time

The 2014 Charlie Baker is less angry, more cheerful, and more casually-dressed than the 2010 version.


// Mass. Gaming Commission spares Walsh from embarrassment

James McHugh forced Steve Wynn to agree to a stronger traffic plan in Sullivan Square than the mayor himself was able to negotiate.


What Evan Falchuk shares with established pols

Local singer and producer Larry Woo has written songs on behalf of President Obama, Governor Deval Patrick, and now Evan Falchuk.

The week’s best political cartoons

Two of the week’s best cartoons focus on Obama’s relationship with the GOP and the national anthem’s birthday.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.


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Globe political quiz

//[1].jpg Capital quiz: Gubernatorial resume edition

What sort of resumes have successful gubernatorial candidates had? See how much you remember.

Watch the OpDebates


Watch this season’s full debates held by Boston Globe Opinion.

The 2014 race for governor

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Get full Boston Globe coverage and analysis of the 2014 race to replace Deval Patrick as governor of Massachusetts.

Jim O'Sullivan

Jim O’Sullivan writes about politics for The Boston Globe. Previously, he was White House correspondent and chief analyst for National Journal in Washington, D.C.

Akilah Johnson

Akilah Johnson

Akilah has been a reporter with the Globe since 2010, covering neighborhoods, Boston’s mayor’s race, and the crosscurrents of race and ethnicity in the city.

Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller covers politics for the Globe. A Massachusetts native and graduate of Bowdoin College, Miller worked in Washington, D.C., before joining the paper in 2013.

Policy writer

Recent work from Evan Horowitz, the Globe's policy writer.


Globe opinion writers

Recent work from Boston Globe columnists.



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