Ashley Judd: I'm Not Running for Senate

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 10:  Actress Ashley Judd arrives to The Paley Center for Media presents A Screening of ABC's "Missing" at The Paley Center for Media on April 10, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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    Actress Ashley Judd announced Wednesday afternoon on Twitter that, after months of speculation and headlines, she would not challenge Republican Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky Senate seat. "Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate," Judd tweeted. "After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities and energy at this time need to be focused on my family." While the possibility of a Senate run was always dismissed as mostly speculation, Democrats saw Judd as an potentially unorthodox candidate who could challenge the Senate minority leader.

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