Does Ashley Judd have the chops to defeat Mitch McConnell in next year’s U.S. Senate race in Ken­tucky? Already the pos­si­bility of a Judd-​​McConnell matchup has spawned a mini-​​tornado of media spec­u­la­tion, not to men­tion a Karl Rove-​​sponsored attack ad. If and when Judd actu­ally tosses her hat into the ring, the race would auto­mat­i­cally become the mar­quee polit­ical story of 2014.

For a non-​​traditional can­di­date like Judd, a Senate run poses both oppor­tu­nity and risk. A real­istic assess­ment of her prospects begins with an acknowl­edge­ment of the chal­lenges she faces, par­tic­u­larly in three key areas: show busi­ness, roots, and politics.

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