It may seem like the will-she-or-won’t-she speculation surrounding Sarah Palin will never end, but take heart: There are some deadlines even Palin must adhere to, Molly Ball of Politico points out. Palin absolutely must make up her mind by Oct. 31—that’s the deadline to get on the primary ballot in Florida. The deadline for South Carolina is the next day, and New Hampshire and Illinois follow shortly thereafter.
“It isn’t inconceivable that somebody could get into the race as late as the first or second week in October and manage to get it all done,” says one lawyer who handled ballot-access issues for Bill Clinton and others. But any later than that would be essentially impossible. (Read more Sarah Palin stories.)