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

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 on Election Day. 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

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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.

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

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

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

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  • 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 is 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.

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“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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Election Day 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.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio went down

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

Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.