The country didn't elect its first female president, but Pramila Jayapal and Cyrus Habib in Washington are election firsts.

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Two minority candidates made history Tuesday in Washington state.

Democrat Pramila Jayapal defeated fellow progressive Brady Walkinshaw to win the 7th Congressional District. She will be the first Indian-American woman elected to Congress.

Meanwhile, Cyrus Habib, a Democrat from Bellevue, defeated conservative-radio host and pastor Marty McClendon to win the office of lieutenant governor.

Habib becomes the nation’s highest-ranking Iranian-American elected to office.

Cyrus Habib speaks to the crowd at the Washington State Democratic Party event at The Westin in Seattle about how he worked to overcome obstacles after losing his vision as a child (Katherine Long / The Seattle Times)
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