Former Kentucky Secretary of State and senate candidate Trey Grayson says the race will be an "uphill battle for any Democrat running," but Judd has two advantages: she will get a "ton of earned money and have no problem raising money."
Grayson, who now is the director of Harvard's Institute of Politics, says "the best way to knock off Mitch McConnell" may be someone on the outside, but he notes the residency issue could be her biggest problem, as well as her vocal support of Obama.
"They won't question her Kentucky bona fides, but she literally doesn't live there," Grayson said. "It's a bit of an issue."
McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said at this point Republicans are "not thinking too much about any specific opponent," and until someone files they will be "building the best campaign organization that we possibly can."
"We did test a few issues against Ashley Judd back in December and we did see that some of the positions she has taken are quite outside what Kentuckians want to see in a senator and really moved the ballot against her."
Benton said they are going to run a "positive" and "professional" campaign, but believe state and national Democrats will "bring the kitchen sink, a full onslaught" against McConnell.
"We are prepared to run strong," he said. "And we are going to make sure we defend Sen. McConnell."