Ashley Judd is not running for Senate

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell would have attacked her as a Hollywood liberal

By Jillian Rayfield

Published March 27, 2013 9:36PM (EDT)

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Ashley Judd will not mount a challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2014, she announced today.

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From the Washington Post:

Democratic Senate strategists have argued that Judd would be a good, if unconventional candidate, pointing to her ability to rival or even eclipse McConnell in fundraising. But McConnell’s path to victory involves savaging his opponent, and Judd’s status as an actress and celebrity would have offered him loads of ammunition.

The most likely Democratic candidate is now Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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