(WASHINGTON) — Actress and activist Ashley Judd is reportedly going to announce her much-rumored candidacy for the U.S. Senate this spring.
The Huffington Post reports the 44-year-old Nashville, Tenn., native told a friend that she intends to announce her run for the Democratic nomination for the 2014 race “around Derby,” which would be in early May when the Kentucky Derby brings the spotlight to Louisville and her native Bluegrass State.
However, Judd didn’t sound like she was in campaign mode when she told The Huffington Post on Saturday, “I am not sure who is saying this stuff, but it is not I! I’d prefer as a fan of your journalism that you stay accurate and credible. We told everyone who called us yesterday these stories are fabrications.”
The seat Judd may or may not seek is currently held by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. ABC News Political Director Rick Klein comments that Judd would have to be considered “an underdog as any Democrat would be against Mitch McConnell, particularly someone with a record that she has of public statements. It’s gonna be hard to overcome.”
If Judd does decide to run, she must establish a new residence in Kentucky by November 2013, because Kentucky law mandates that candidates be residents of the state for a year before Election Day.
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