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Kamala Harris Becomes The First Indian-American US Senator

Her win is historic, but it's not surprising — she received more than 40 percent of the vote in California's primary.

By Eugene Daniels | November 8, 2016

California's Kamala Harris is the first Indian-American U.S. senator. 

The state attorney general took on another Democrat, Loretta Sanchez. It was the first time a Republican wasn't on California's general election ballot in more than a century. 

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Though her win is historic, it's not really a surprise. Polls showed Harris leading by double digits heading into Election Day. And she received more than 40 percent of the vote in California's primary. 

Harris is a rising star in the party. Her name came up both as a possible vice presidential pick for Hillary Clinton and as a potential successor to Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

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