Actress Ashley Judd is moving closer to a challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPolitical figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer dies at the age of 68 Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos MORE (R-Ky.), meeting in recent days with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic donors and strategists in Kentucky to discuss a potential run.

A source familiar with the meeting confirmed to The Hill that she met with the Democrats' campaign arm earlier this week. The DSCC declined to comment on recruitment, but it's an early indication that Judd is taking the necessary steps to challenge McConnell.

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Last week, Judd met with Democratic donors in the state at a dinner at the home of Christy Brown, the widow of Jack Daniel's whiskey magnate Owsley Brown II, who is active in state politics.

Judd joined nine others at the dinner, including Rep. John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthHouse panel approves belated 2019 budget House GOP 2019 budget calls for deep Medicare, Medicaid spending cuts Key conservative presses for shield law after seizure of NYT reporter’s records MORE (D-Ky.), who has been vocal in his support of the actress, and former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Jonathan Miller.

According to a person familiar with the meeting, it offered the opportunity for potential supporters to ask questions and offer concerns about Judd's interest in the race. Judd said at the meeting she would make a decision by May 6, on the day of the Kentucky Derby.

She is also seeking out advice from Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump Dem presidential hopefuls seize on Trump border policy Actress Marcia Gay Harden urges Congress to boost Alzheimer's funding MORE (D-N.Y.) and Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillConservative group calls for ethics probe into McCaskill’s use of private plane Senate moderates hunt for compromise on family separation bill Election Countdown: Family separation policy may haunt GOP in November | Why Republican candidates are bracing for surprises | House Dems rake in record May haul | 'Dumpster fire' ad goes viral MORE (D-Mo.) about the race, and has invited McCaskill to join her at an upcoming University of Kentucky basketball game.

Judd has previously expressed interest in the race, but until now there were few indications she was making the necessary preparations to launch a bid.

And some Democrats in the state remain skeptical of her potential candidacy. They've expressed concern that she wouldn't be the strongest contender against McConnell because, though she grew up in Kentucky, she currently lives in Tennessee, and because she was a vocal and active supporter of President Obama during his campaign — a fact that some worry would make it easy for McConnell to nationalize the race, and in doing so hamper support for downballot candidates.

However, a recent poll from Republican firm Harper Polling put her only nine percentage points behind McConnell, and she would have the personal wealth needed to take on the deep-pocketed incumbent, who currently has more than $7 million in his campaign coffers.

And at least one GOP group is taking her candidacy seriously. American Crossroads, the super-PAC backed by Karl Rove, launched an ad mocking her as a "radical Hollywood liberal." McConnell's campaign, too, included her in its first paid ad of the cycle, which framed her as one of "Obama's Democrats."