Ashley Judd doesn't rule out run for US Senate

Ashley Judd doesn't rule out run for US Senate

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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 04: Actress Ashley Judd addresses the crowd during the Tennesseans For Obama Benefit at The Cannery Ballroom on October 4, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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by ROGER ALFORD

Associated Press

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 6:32 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Actress Ashley Judd isn't ruling out a run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

The former Kentuckian is an active supporter of Tennessee Democrats. She said in a statement Friday that she's honored to be mentioned as a potential candidate, but she sidestepped the question of whether she would get into the race.

Judd lives in Tennessee and would have to re-establish a residence in Kentucky before she could challenge Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in his 2014 re-election bid.

No Democrats have stepped forward to challenge McConnell, a political powerhouse who already has $6.8 million in the bank for his re-election.

His campaign manager, Jesse Benton, said McConnell and his wife are big fans of Judd's movies and that they appreciate her efforts to bring young people into the political process.

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