Although the final results were disappointing, the 2010 cycle was a breakthrough year for credible Asian American candidates running for Congress. In total, eight candidates made it through the primary, all Democrats. Ultimately, State Senator Hansen Clarke, who ran in Michigan's 13th Congressional District, was the only one to emerge victorious. (Clarke joined the progressive and AAPI caucuses in Congress soon after winning his seat.)
However 2012 could be just as big as six solid candidates have already announced their candidacies.