Ashley Judd Says No to Senate Bid

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Ashley Judd has officially said she won’t seek the Democratic Senate nomination in Kentucky to try to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In a series of tweets posted late Wednesday afternoon, the actress said that following “serious and thorough contemplation,” she realized her “responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on [her] family.”

After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family.
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Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate. I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months ~
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~ who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader. While that won't be me at this time, I will continue to work as ~
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as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people &
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their needs, dreams, and great potential. Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth. Thank you!
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Judd implored supporters to “know that is my voice & truth; don’t fool with the distortions.”

Her announcement comes after the Huffington Post reported earlier this month that Judd had made the decision to run and was planning to announce in May.

She had previously said she was looking closely at a Senate bid and even earned herself a preemptive attack ad from Republican strategist Karl Rove’s American Crossroads super PAC that branded her a “Hollywood liberal.”

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