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This week’s Globe poll reflects an October surge in independent voters toward Baker’s column.

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This week’s Globe poll reflects an October surge in independent voters toward Baker’s column.

Baker opens up lead over Coakley in new poll

Republican Charlie Baker has opened up a 9-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley in a new Globe poll. By Jim O’Sullivan

// The makings of the perfect candidate

Here’s a look at some big winners who mastered a campaign tactic or two — and how this year’s gubernatorial candidates stack up.

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.

Time Machine

On the ballot: Booze, Vietnam

Two tales of dramatic ballot fights over Prohibition and Vietnam in the Globe archives.

John Miller, the Republican candidate for Mass. attorney general, talked with Elizabeth Hart, of Melrose and David D'Arcangelo, candidate for secretary of state.

TDina Rudick/Globe Staff

Republican candidate for AG running against the odds

John Miller has an easygoing manner more often seen in candidates for selectman or PTA president.

Political intelligence

Surrogates on the campaign trail with Coakley

Pick a star in the Democratic firmament, and there’s a chance he or she has been a Coakley wingman or wingwoman in the past few weeks.

Capital Source

Small businesses are sometimes . . . really small

Seth Moulton’s campaign literature is replete with references to him as a businessman, but today the business, while still alive, has no revenue.


Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.

Vice President Joe Biden and Lilly Jay, a survivor of sexual assault, at the launch of the “It’s On Us” campaign in September.

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White House campaign to combat sexual assault comes to Mass.

Several Massachusetts schools are enacting the White House recommendations aimed at stopping campus sexual assault.




Worst attack ad ever? Pretend to drown a child

In the Wild West world of campaign rhetoric, we may have finally found our outer boundary.

Two TV ads aired by the Coalition to Protest Mass Jobs have aired 2,977 times in the Boston and Springfield areas.

freeze frame

A pro-casino ad, minus casino

What campaign ads leave out can be just as important as what they put in.

Neither Allan Fung (left) nor Gina Raimondo inspire much union enthusiasm in Rhode Island.

opinion | Noah Guiney

A Democrat’s union problem in R.I.

The gubernatorial race is also a test of unions’ political clout.

Two of the week’s best editorial cartoons

Two of the best editorial cartoons of the week focus on Ron Klain and the election cycle.

Five contributions from the non-front-runners

Massachusetts owes thanks to some of its low-polling candidates for contributing to — and sometimes elevating — statewide races.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.


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// Capital quiz: Congressional delegation edition

All nine members of the Massachusetts delegation to the US House are up for reelection on Nov. 4. See how much you know about them and their campaigns.

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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.

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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