Many in South Carolina's relatively tiny Indian-American population are beaming with pride over Nikki Haley's historic win to become governor.
The Lexington Republican will be the state's first minority and first female governor when she takes office in January.
Indian-Americans note her win this week coincides with a major Hindi holiday, the Diwali festival of light.
Haley publicly eschewed the significance of her ethnicity throughout the campaign. But the 38-year-old legislator says she understands the pride among immigrants who worked hard to both get to America and to give back to the community.
Parents say Haley serves as an example to their children that they can become whatever they want.
Asian Indians make up less than 1 percent of the state's population.