The president may not have been on the ballot for these primary elections, but Trumpism certainly lost.
Progressive women — many of whom represent marginalized groups targeted by the president — won races across the South on May 22, securing slots in November’s midterms. The victories further cement what many political analysts consider a growing concern for the president and his party: women running in record numbers on platforms that rebuke Trump’s policies and rhetoric.
And they’re winning many of their races, too.
Here are four progressive women who won big last night to keep an eye on through November.
1. Stacey Abrams, Georgia
Abrams, a former house minority leader of Georgia’s General Assembly, became the first black woman to secure a major party nomination for governor in the Peach State. With a win in November, she’d be the country’s first black female governor.
2. Lupe Valdez, Texas
Her platform is focused on, among many things, standing up for immigrant rights, curbing income inequality, and closing the gender wage gap.
3. Amy McGrath, Kentucky
McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot and political newbie, won the Democratic primary in Kentucky’s 6th District by prioritizing K-12 education, making health care affordable, and convincing rural voters she’d stand up to special interests in Washington, D.C.
4. Gina Ortiz Jones, Texas
37-year-old Jones may be making all kinds of Texas history come November. If she wins against opponent Republican Will Hurd, she stands to become the first Iraq War veteran, first lesbian, and first Filipina-American to represent Texas in Congress.
Women are running, women are winning, and herstory is being made each step of the way.
“We are writing the next chapter of Georgia’s history,” Abrams said in her victory speech. “Where no one is unseen, no one is unheard, and no one is uninspired.”
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