Judd hasn’t officially stepped into race yet — but a new poll puts her only 9 points behind the incumbent McConnell if she throws hat in ring. Critics say her support for Obama could be VERY detrimental in the red Kentucky state.
BY DAN HIRSCHHORN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
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Senator Ashley Judd? Perhaps. But the starlet hasn’t made her candidacy official yet.
Maybe “Senator Ashley Judd” isn’t as crazy as it sounds.
The actress would start a possible Kentucky Senate bid within striking distance Mitch McConnell, trailing the Republican leader by just 9 points, according to a new poll.
The survey by GOP firm Harper Polling, commissioned by a former McConnell aide, finds McConnell garnering 49 percent of the vote, compared to 40 percent for Judd.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky.
Judd has been eyeing a campaign but has not yet announced whether she’ll run.
“A definitive decision either way has not been made yet,” Judd’s publicist, Cara Tripicchio, told the Louisville radio station WHAS11. “Of course, Ashley remains flattered and honored by the continued interest and support that is being extended.”
But Republicans haven’t been wasting any time, with outside groups like the “super PAC” American Crossroads hammering her as “an Obama-following, radical Hollywood liberal.” And the new poll shows that attack line could prove potent against Judd in deep-red Kentucky; when respondents were told of Judd’s support for President Obama, almost half were less likely to vote for her.
Tea party groups might also be stymied in their efforts to draw a viable Republican primary challenger for McConnell, according to the poll; three-fifths of Republicans support McConnell.