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Joe Biden

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is the 46th president of the United States. At 78 years old, he is the oldest first-term president. His pick for VP, Kamala Harris, is the first female and the first Black and Asian American person elected vice president of the United States.

Election 2020

The presidential election of 2020 was shaping up to be memorable from the very beginning. It was initially noteworthy for the record number of 29 Democratic candidates running for president. By early 2020, the Democratic primary race narrowed to between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Although a few candidates challenged the Republican presidential incumbent, Donald Trump, he faced little opposition and easily won the Republican primary.

After the Democratic primary elections, the race for president narrowed to largely between Trump and Biden. The COVID-19 pandemic altered the way some candidates ran their campaigns, with Biden campaigning primarily through virtual and online events, and eventually holding socially-distanced events. Trump continued to host events with large numbers of attendees, though many of these events were held outdoors or in large airplane hangars.

The pandemic also altered the method by which many people voted in the election. Instead of voting in person, millions of voters cast absentee or mail-in ballots due to social distancing guidelines and preferences.

The election was held on November 3, 2020, but vote tabulation took several days due to the overwhelming turnout and because in some states, ballots postmarked on election day but received after the election were required to be counted. The election became noteworthy for several reasons, including having the highest voter turnout and the highest percentage of eligible voters who cast a ballot in an election in over a hundred years. More than 155 million people voted in the 2020 election.

The results of the election eventually gave the victory to Joe Biden, who won the popular vote by 51.4 percent to Trump’s 46.9 percent (approximately 81,283,455 votes for Biden and 74,223,744 votes for Trump). Biden won 306 electoral votes and Trump won 232. Biden received the most votes ever for a candidate in a U.S. presidential election.