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That's the sound of Bill Clinton and Mitch McConnell letting out a sigh of relief. Late Wednesday afternoon, buried in the news of a major Supreme Court case and effectively burying the hatchet on an already contentious Senate bid before it even began, the actress-turned-philanthropist Ashley Judd announced on Twitter that she has decided not to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, and will instead focus on her family.

In a possible nod to the wave of criticism Judd endured from conservative media — including and especially The Daily Caller — Judd encouraged her followers not to "fool with distortion" and visit her website, where she said a full statement would be posted soon.

According to Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post, Judd based her decision partly on Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's Secretary of State, who is reportedly considering entering the run herself. "The timing just wasn’t right," the source told the Post. Grimes reportedly had the support of Clinton and several other powerful Southern Democrats after mounting concerns from within the party — even though mounting attacks from the likes of Karl Rove and McConnell's campaign team indicated that the GOP might make an expensive effort in Kentucky in 2014, and even though Mitch McConnell is the least popular Senator in America.

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