Ashley Judd Senate Run Not Happening, Actress Confirms

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Actress and Democratic political activist Ashley Judd announced Wednesday she will not challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in 2014.

Judd tweeted the news last night.

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Sources told The Washington Post that "the timing just wasn't right" for a Judd Senate campaign, though McConnell was clearly wary of a potential Judd bid.

Another insider said the 44-year-old actress was "95 percent there" on a decision to enter the Senate race but had "gone back and forth in recent days."

A few weeks ago, the Huffington Post had reported that Ashley Judd told at least three Kentucky political allies that she planned to enter the 2014 race.

So why'd she change her mind?

The source, a close political adviser, said that there was no single factor, but one consideration was a recently arising "family situation" involving a relative.

It's "not one of the famous ones," but this recent event still "caused her to consider how she wanted to spend the next two years or more of her life."

The source refused to be more specific.

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