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

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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.

Georgia's increasingly purple politics means her campaign — which looked to energize both rural communities of color and younger progressives in Atlanta — has a real shot at success.

2. Lupe Valdez, Texas

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Valdez, a Democrat and former Dallas County Sheriff, uprooted the status quo with her runoff win in the Lone Star State, becoming the first Latina and openly lesbian nominee for governor in 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

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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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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

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The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

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