Sarah Palin seemed to give a November deadline for a decision on a 2012 bid.
Speaking to Sean Hannity on Fox News Tuesday night, Palin said there is still time but conceded that a deadline was rapidly approaching.
“There is still time, Sean, and I think on both sides of the aisle you’re going to see people coming and going from this race,” she said. “In the Republican race, in this primary, I think people are still going to be coming and going because there is still time. And I’m still one of those still considering the time factor.”
Hannity asked if her if she didn't need to make a decision by November.
Her response: "You do, legally you do, because you have start getting your ducks lined up to have your name on these ballots."
She added: "This is going to be such an unconventional election cycle. ... Mark my word, it is going to be an unconventional type of election process.”
Her comments come as a new McClatchy-Marist poll shows her trailing President Obama by a mere five points.
Palin received 44 percent to Obama's 49 percent.
In previous polls, the former governor of Alaska had trailed Obama by double digits.
McClatchy's Steven Thomma explains the jump in her numbers: "The key reason: She now leads Obama among independents, a sharp turnaround."
The McClatchy-Marist poll also found: by "a margin of 49 percent to 36 percent, voters said they definitely plan to vote against Obama." And "Independents by 53 percent to 28 percent said they definitely plan to vote against him."
In the race for the GOP nomination, the poll found:
1) Rick Perry 30 percent
2) Mitt Romney 22 percent
3) Michele Bachmann 12 percent
4) Ron Paul 7 percent
5) Newt Gingrich 6 percent
6) Herman Cain 5 percent
7) Rick Santorum 2 percent
8) Jon Huntsman 1 percent
In head-to-head matchups, the poll found:
* Obama 50 percent Perry 41 percent
* Obama 46 percent Romney 44 percent
* Obama 53 percent Bachmann 40 percent
-- posted by Emily Goodin