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The Next Senate Will Have the Most Asian-American Women Ever

When the 115th Congress convenes on Jan. 3, 2017, it will do so with more Asian-American woman senators than ever before.

Three members of the Senate are projected to be Asian-American women, a new high just four years after Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii became the first Asian-American woman ever to be elected to the Senate in 2012.

Projected to be joining her are Kamala Harris — the current attorney general of California — and Rep. Tammy Duckworth from Illinois, who is projected to defeat incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk.

Below are the election results of other races featuring Asian-American or Pacific Islander (AAPI) candidates or candidates involved in the AAPI community.

Ro Khanna

NBC News projects that Ro Khanna, a Democrat, will win his race to represent California's 17th Congressional District, defeating fellow Democrat incumbent Rep. Mike Honda.

Honda, who has been a lawmaker in Congress since 2001, is the chair emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Colleen Hanabusa

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Former U.S. Rep Colleen Hanabusa checks the morning election polls in her downtown office, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Honolulu. Marco Garcia / AP

NBC News projects that Colleen Hanabusa, a Democrat, will win her race to represent Hawaii's 1st Congressional District, defeating Republican Shirlene Ostrov.

Hanabusa previously represented the district from 2011 to 2015, but did seek reelection in 2014 in order to unsuccessfully campaign for a seat in the Senate.

Kamala Harris

California AG Kamala Harris Campaigns For U.S. Senate Seat
California Attorney General Kamala Harris, running for the U.S. Senate, is all smiles after casting her vote at the Kenter Canyon Elementary Charter School Auditorium in Brentwood on June 7, 2016. Genaro Molina / LA Times via Getty Images

NBC News projects that Kamala Harris, a Democrat, will win her race to represent the state of California in the Senate.

RELATED: Meet Kamala Harris, the Second Black Woman Elected to the U.S. Senate

She and Pramila Jayapal are the first Indian-American women to be elected to Congress.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth

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U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill., speaks after she won the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate against Andrea Zopp, former president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League and state Sen. Napoleon Harris in the Democratic primary, Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Chicago. Nam Y. Huh / AP

NBC News projects that Rep. Tammy Duckworth will win her Illinois senate race against incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk.

Duckworth became the first Asian-American woman sent to Congress from Illinois when she was elected in 2012. A veteran of the Iraq War, Duckworth is also the first member of Congress to be born in Thailand.

Pramila Jayapal

NBC News projects that Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, will win her race to represent Washington's 7th Congressional District, defeating fellow Democrat Brady Walkinshaw.

Pramilla Jayapal at a 2012 for OneAmerica. Jayapal, currently a state senator in Washington, announced her candidacy for the House of Representatives last week. Photo by Jack Storms

She and Kamala Harris are the first Indian-American women to be elected to Congress.

Raja Krishnamoorthi

NBC News projects that Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat, will win his race to represent Illinois' 8th Congressional District.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth — the Democrat who currently holds the seat — is projected to win the Illinois senate race.

Stephanie Murphy

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In this Oct. 18, 2016 photo, Florida Democratic congressional candidate Stephanie Murphy, center, meets with voters at a senior center in Altamonte Springs, Fla. John Raoux / AP

NBC News projects that Stephanie Murphy, a Democrat, will win her race to represent Florida's 7th Congressional District.

RELATED: 5 Things to Know About Stephanie Murphy, First Vietnamese-American Woman Elected to Congress

Murphy is projected to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. John Mica, who has represented the district since 1993.

Rep. Bobby Scott

NBC News projects that Rep. Bobby Scott — a Democrat, who represents Virginia's 3rd Congressional District — will win his reelection campaign.

A member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus' executive board, Scott has represented his district since 1993. His maternal grandfather is of Filipino-American descent.

Other

NBC News projects that Sue Googe, candidate to represent North Carolina's 4th Congressional District, will fail to unseat incumbent Democrat Rep. David Price.

NBC News projects that Thuy Lowe, candidate to represent Florida's 10th Congressional District, will fail to unseat incumbent Democrat Rep. Val Demings.

NBC News projects that Democrat Bao Nguyen, candidate to represent California's 46th Congressional District, will lose to fellow Democrat Lou Correa.

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