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07/02/2013 05:49 pm ET

Ashley Judd Endorses Alison Lundergan Grimes For Senate

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Actress Ashley Judd endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes Tuesday, backing the Kentucky secretary of state's challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Judd had given serious consideration to challenging McConnell, but decided against running.

Judd tweeted:

Grimes on Mondaybecame the first Democrat to challenge McConnell. McConnell has low favorability ratings, possibly leaving him vulnerable, but he represents a state that votes reliably for the GOP.

McConnell responded to Grimes' candidacy in a statement on Monday. "Accepting the invitation from countless Washington liberals to become President Obama's Kentucky candidate was a courageous decision by Alison Lundergan Grimes and I look forward to a respectful exchange of ideas," McConnell said. His campaign released a bizarre Web video on Tuesday, auto-tuning Grimes' voice.

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