“They were not saying ‘Vote for me because I am an immigrant,’” said Sayu Bhojwani, of the 54 candidates on state and local ballots on Election Day who were first-generation immigrants.

“Instead,” says Bhojwani, author of “People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door” and the founder and president of New American Leaders, which prepares first- and second-generation immigrants to run for office, “they were saying ‘Because I have this set of experiences, I will be a strong advocate for you in Congress.’”