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KY Sen: Clintons Try to Keep Ashley Judd From Taking on McConnell

Actress Ashley Judd

Actress Ashley Judd

One of the biggest signs that Ashley Judd is getting serious about challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) next year is that it’s making some Democrats nervous. A few prominent local Democrats and national Democrats, including the Clintons, are working hard to find an alternative. From Politico:

Democratic heavy hitters — including Bill Clinton — are quietly trying to woo a new candidate to jump into the race to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, even as actress Ashley Judd is taking steps toward launching a star-studded campaign of her own.

With fears growing in some Democratic quarters over Judd’s potential candidacy, some prominent Democrats in the Bluegrass State are beginning to set their sights on 34-year-old Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state. Among Grimes’s attributes: She lacks political baggage since she’s served barely a year in office, and she hails from a well-connected family influential in Kentucky Democratic politics. But it’s not at all certain if she’ll jump into the race.

While it would probably be tough for any Democrat to beat McConnell in a state that has become very Republican-leaning in federal elections, there is some concern that Judd’s more liberal positions would cause problems for down-ballot Democrats. Despite the state’s conservative leanings, Democrats still control the state House of Representatives.

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