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It’s not all terrible. Some good things happened last night.

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For millions of people, the presidential election last night was a horrifying experience. There’s a lot of people out there looking for light in the darkness today.

So here’s a little bit of electoral good news for progressive voters out there, from the Congressional level and the statewide level, to assure you that it isn’t all a horror show. Despite everything, some good things happened last night. It’s now a little harder to believe in the theory of a universe that bends toward justice, but maybe these stories will restore a tiny sliver of faith.

There will be more women of color in the U.S. Senate than ever before

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 8: Catherine Cortez Masto, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Nevada, delivers her victory speech at the Nevada Democrats' election night watch party at the Aria Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas after defeating Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., to fill Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's seat on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat from Nevada, defeated her Republican challenger to become the first Latina ever to serve in the Senate. Meanwhile, Kamala Harris coasted to a victory in California, and in the process becomes the first-ever biracial woman elected to the Senate. And Tammy Duckworth, a Thai-American, ousted Mark Kirk in Illinois to grab her Senate spot.

These three women join Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono as the only women of color in the higher chamber.

The U.S. House of Representatives just elected a series of historic firsts

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In the lower chamber, meet this group of history-making folks:

  • Pramila Jayapal, the first-ever Indian-American woman elected to Congress
  • Darren Soto, the first-ever Puerto Rican elected to Congress in Florida
  • Adriano Espaillat, the first-ever Dominican-American elected to Congress
  • Lisa Rochester, the first-ever woman and African American elected to Congress in Delaware

This woman just became the first-ever Somali-American state legislator

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Ilhan Omar, 34, scored a decisive victory in Minnesota’s House District 60B. In so doing, Omar became the nation’s first-ever Somali-American elected to serve as a lawmaker at the statewide level.

“It’s the beginning of something new,” Omar told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “This district has a legacy of making history. I am excited for our progressive values and to be able to be on the ground at the Capitol representing the diverse people of my district and being a champion with them and for them.”

Weed won big

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Tuesday’s election results in Massachusetts, Nevada, and most importantly California point to a time in the near future where marijuana is legal all across the United States. After bills passed in all three states to legalize the use of recreational marijuana, over 20% of the country now lives in a state where pot is legal, according to the New York Times.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio went down

The embattled cop lost his Maricopa County Sheriff’s spot to a Democrat last night, so at least this country can take solace in one crazy racist old white man falling short last night.

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