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Question Day: Is It Too Late to Enter the Presidential Race?

How long can a candidate wait before jumping into presidential waters?
When did you say that deadline is?
When did you say that deadline is?

Commenter "Davis X. Machina" asks: "What's the absolute latest a candidate can realistically get into a presidential race? Not ballot-deadlines-latest, but real-world."

Great question. During the last cycle, numerous pundits talked up a late entry in the Republican nomination contest well into fall 2007, when it was clearly too late. So what's the real answer? Unfortunately, the best answer is a big, "it depends."