historic election night for asian americans

Good morning, America. Recovering from Election Night 2012? Of course, voters re-elected President Barack Obama, giving us another confetti-obscured glimpse of Konrad Ng (aka "that Asian guy with Obama's family") in the First Family victory huddle. That's always fun.

Early national exit polls data suggests that Asian American overwhelmingly voted for President Obama, with 73 percent pulling for a second term, while only 26 percent supported Mitt Romney: Exit Polls Show Asian Americans Backed Obama by Wide Margin .

Elsewhere, around the country, it was a historic night...

In Hawaii, Mazie Hirono won the state's open Senate seat to become the first Asian American woman -- and only the second woman of color -- ever elected to the U.S. Senate: Hawaii's new senator breaks glass ceiling.

Also in Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard defeated K. Crowley to win the state's 2nd District, which, if I'm not mistaken, makes her the first woman of Pacific Islander descent elected to Congress. She also happens to be the first Hindu-American to enter the House of Representatives: Tulsi Gabbard becomes first Hindu-American in US Congress.

In Queens, Assemblywoman Grace Meng defeated Republican Councilman Dan Halloran in New York's 6th congressional district to become the first Asian American from New York to be elected to Congress: New York's First Asian-American Congresswoman on Her 'Historic' House Victory.

And a big win in Illinois, where Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth defeated Republican Rep. Joe Walsh with 55 percent of the vote, becoming not only the state's first Asian American woman elected to Congress, but also the the first Thai American woman and first disabled woman ever elected to Congress: Duckworth defeats Walsh in congressional contest.

In California, Democrat Mark Takano defeated Republican John Tavaglione in the Riverside area's new 41st District, becoming the first openly gay Asian American to serve in Congress: Takano beats Tavaglione in nationally watched race.

The race for California's 7th congressional district is still too close to call, with current counts putting Democrat Ami Bera ahead of GOP rival Dan Lungren by a razor-thin margin: Dan Lungren not conceding to Ami Bera in nailbiter.

And finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention this guy.

Folks who tuned in to CNN's election night coverage were treated to the victory moves of Obama supporter Hyesung "Hace" Oh, dancing his Asian ass off at campaign headquarters in Chicago. I'm pretty sure this is the real reason why Obama won. God bless America. (Thanks, Abby.)

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