Trail Mix | Notes from the campaign

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader says he now holds the world record for the most campaign speeches in a single day. Nader, who is on the ballot in 45 states but is polling in single digits, said he delivered at least 255 minutes of speeches in 21 Massachusetts communities on Saturday. Nader said that was enough to get him into the Guinness Book of World Records.

To get in the record books, Guinness officials said Nader needed to give at least 150 minutes of speeches, with each speech lasting at least 10 minutes. And each time, there must be at least 10 people watching who didn't come with Nader.

Associated Press

Edie Falco, known for her role as Carmela Soprano on the Sopranos, plans to campaign in Charlotte today for Sen. Barack Obama.

She's scheduled to attend a Women for Obama event at 10:15 a.m. at 4310 Sharon Road, Suite 21. She also will be in Concord at noon at 30 S. Church St., and in Statesville at 2:45 p.m. at The Second Fret, 240 W. Broad St.

Staff Reports

At least 64,000 people from all 50 states and more than 20 other countries have given money to support or oppose a ban on same-sex marriage in California, reflecting broad interest in a race that some consider second in national importance only to the presidential election.

Ten days before the vote on Proposition 8, campaign finance records show that total contributions for and against the measure have surpassed $60 million, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. That would be a record nationally for a ballot initiative based on a social rather than economic issue, campaign finance experts say.

Associated Press