Ashley Judd Moves Closer to Senate Run Starts meeting with donors, strategists, politicians By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Feb 21, 2013 10:27 AM CST 44 comments Comments In this March 13, 2012 file photo, actress Ashley Judd poses for a portrait in New York. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, file) (Newser) – Ashley Judd has been meeting with Democratic donors, strategists, and politicians, as well as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as she moves closer to a Senate run in Kentucky, The Hill reports. At one meeting, a source says Judd promised a decision by May 6—the day the Kentucky Derby is held. A recent poll found her just nine percentage points behind Mitch McConnell, whom she'd be challenging. And Karl Rove's super PAC apparently considers her a serious candidate; it launched an attack ad against her earlier this month.