Ashley Judd

After months of speculation, Ashley Judd announced Wednesday that she will not be running for Senate in Kentucky.

"After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family," Judd, 44, tweeted on Wednesday. "Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate."

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The actress had been considered a front-runner to run as a Democrat in 2014 and possibly unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is currently serving his fourth term. "I am incredibly honored and frankly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support — that the people of Kentucky are interested in having me represent them is the greatest honor of my life so far, and I am certainly taking a close look at it," Judd said at an event in January. "The people of Kentucky need a fighter and certainly going back 10 generations, I've got some fighters from those hills in my family and as soon as I know anything — after I've told the family members to whom I've made my promises that they'll be the first to know — you will be up to date in real time."

A week after her comments, however, she and her husband, racecar driver Dario Franchitti, announced their plans to divorce after 11 years of marriage.

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"I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people and [a] new leader," Judd also tweeted on Wednesday. "While that won't be me at this time, I will continue to work as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people and their needs, dreams, and great potential. Thanks for even considering me as that person and know how much I love our Commonwealth."

The actress, who received her master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 2010, can currently be seen in the film Olympus Has Fallen.