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Ashley Judd declines U.S. Senate run in Kentucky

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Actress and activist Ashley Judd appears to be putting her political aspirations on the back burner for now.

Judd announced Wednesday on her Twitter page that she has decided not to run for the Democratic nomination to compete for Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's seat next year.

"After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities and energy at this time need to be focused on my family," Judd tweeted.

Some had raised questions whether Judd, a Franklin, TN, resident would be eligible to campaign for a seat in another state.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has expressed interest in running for the Democratic nomination, and a source close to Judd tells The Washington Post that made Judd's decision a lot easier.

Judd's full statement follows:

"Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate. I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months 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 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 & 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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