FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Actress Ashley Judd says she won't run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky against Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
Judd had hinted last week that she was nearing a decision about the race.
The former Kentucky resident now living in suburban Nashville, Tenn., has said little publicly about her intentions, until now.
Judd made the announcement in a Twitter message late Wednesday afternoon. "After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family," Judd posted. "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."
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However, she has been meeting with several Democratic leaders, including Gov. Steve Beshear, to discuss a possible run. Defeating McConnell would be the Democrats' biggest prize of the 2014 election.
His seat is one of 14 that Republicans are defending while Democrats try to hold onto 21. Democrats hope to retain or add to their 55-45 edge.
Judd has starred in several movies including "Kiss the Girls," "Dolphin Tale" and most recently, "Olympus Has Fallen."
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