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.