No trick: Christie, Palin face Halloween deadline
September 28th, 2011
02:36 PM ET
11 years ago

No trick: Christie, Palin face Halloween deadline

(CNN) - Possible presidential hopefuls like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may have more on their minds than trick-or-treaters and costumes this Halloween.

The date usually associated with candy-seeking children this year also marks the deadline to file to get on the Florida Republican primary ballot, likely to be held on January 31, 2012. It is the first of many deadlines candidates must meet in order to appear on the ballots in various state presidential primary contests.

The filing deadline for South Carolina's GOP primary is the following day, November 1. Other states with November filing deadlines include Michigan and Missouri, which require candidates to file paperwork by the 15th and the 22nd respectively.

In New Hampshire, state law says that the filing period ends the third Friday in November, which is the 18th, but Secretary of State William Gardner has the authority to change the filing period to accommodate an earlier primary date. The Granite State was tentatively scheduled to hold its primary in February, but will likely hold its contest in January to defend its first-in-the-nation status.

December marks at least three state filing deadlines: Tennessee (the 6th), Oklahoma (the 7th), and Texas (the 12th), all of which will hold primaries on March 6, 2012, also known as Super Tuesday.

At least two other Super Tuesday states have filing deadlines in early 2012. Massachusetts has a January 6 deadline while Vermont's deadline is January 9.

Arizona, which recently moved its presidential primary to February 28, also has a January 9 candidate filing deadline.

Caucuses, which are run by state parties, do not have the same rigid filing procedures as primaries, which are usually run by the state. The Iowa Republican caucuses, for example, have no official candidate filing deadline.

Candidate filing deadlines could change as states continue to jockey for earlier positions in the presidential primary calendar.


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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • Sarah Palin
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. No Amnesty for Teabaggers - Impeach Republicans

    Trump and Palin will have their own brand of pizza you will eat with a fork in 2012.

    September 28, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Neither will run. Neither could win. There, I made it EASY for BOTH of them.

    September 28, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. a little sad

    We have to wait that long to say goodbye to the half term harpy?

    September 28, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. No Amnesty for Teabaggers - Impeach Republicans

    Sarah will have October 31 in her crosshairs, and will be locked and loaded to announce by then.

    September 28, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Ed DFWTX

    Christie would be the best chocie and looks like a Rhodes Scholar compared to the right-wing whackos in the GOP right now. Palin is only in it for Palin and make lots of money off books and frivlous lawsuits against a guy who writes a book about you that you don't like. I thought right wingers like Palin hated frivolous lawsuits and are always pushing tort reform?

    September 28, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Sandy

    My gawd! Didn't these two say they weren't running? Give it up CNN! GAWD!

    September 28, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Brandt Hardin

    Palin doesn’t need to be our president. The salary isn’t enough for her and she’d just abandon the post like she did in Alaska. Do you want someone in office whose main focus isn’t on the people but on her bank account? What Sarah’s after is fame and fortune and everything that goes. See the ways she sells herself at

    September 28, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. MiddleOfTheRoad

    C'mon Palin you coward. Stop takin' that Fox money and show us your stuff.

    September 28, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. diridi

    How about Dracula for Perry......Cruella for Palin.....Dotson for Christy....I mean Jurassic Park, Dotson...dotson here, dotson here, no body cares....that stuff...

    September 28, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    I still say the effective deadline is Oct. 1. These deadlines were supposed to have been set during the 2008 Republican National Convention. Almost all of them have long since been changed.

    September 28, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Jake

    the fact that the GOP and GOP voters are looking to this duo to save the day should really be a slap in the face to the entire field already running! you are unsatisfied with everyone one of them already in the running? WOW!

    September 28, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Trick or Treat

    Looks like the trick is on us with the group the tearpublicans have running for President.

    September 28, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. SecedingfromTexas

    Okay, I give up. Three Palin stories in three days. When she finally falls off the cliff I will be back, with a new name,
    new address, and new hope. Bye, ya'll ...............

    September 28, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. lynn

    Give America a treat and let these idiots go. If Christy doesn't care about his own health why would he care about the health of this Country and their obesity problem. Palin's treat to America is just go away, leave us alone.

    September 28, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. SiriusVH

    Too bad we can't jump back and forth between alternative universes. There may be a universe where Barbie Grizzly runs, gets elected President and, after 2 years, decides to quit because the job is too demanding for her feeble brain and does not pay enough .......

    September 28, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. AlaskaPalin

    Palin will win if she enters the race. Can't wait to say thanks and goodbye to our first black president.

    September 28, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |