2020 US Election – What Happened?

The projected winners of the 2020 US Election, President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.

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The projected winners of the 2020 US Election, President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.

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On November 7th, major news networks made the prediction that Joe Biden would win the state of Pennsylvania, causing him to win the election and become President-Elect. This projection made him the oldest president in US history. This also made his running mate, now Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, become the first woman, Black person, and Asian-American to win the vice presidency. However, they’re not the only two people that have made history this election. 

Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris’ husband, has become the first Second Gentleman in US history. He is also the first Jewish spouse of a president or vice president. Going a little farther down to Congress, there are many other candidates that have made history. 

Cori Bush became the first Black woman to represent Missouri after she won the state’s 1st congressional district. Sarah McBride is the first openly transgender woman to be elected state senator in Delaware. Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones will both be the first openly gay, Black men in Congress (Torres is also Latino). Marilyn Strickland will be the first Korean-American woman ever elected to Congress. She will also become the first Asian-American woman to represent the state of Washington at the Federal level. The state of New Mexico makes history by becoming the first state to only elect women of color into Congress. The three House seats that were up for election in the state were won by Deb Haaland, Teresa Leger Fernandez, and Yvette Herrell. These are only a few of the people that have made history this election.

Down in Georgia, there will be two runoff elections that will take place on January 5th, 2021. This is because none of the four candidates made it over 50% during the election. The two races will be for incumbent David Perdue versus Jon Ossoff and incumbent Kelly Loeffler versus Rev. Raphael Warnock. These two elections will be important because they will be the ones who determine which party controls the Senate. The Democratic Party is projected to keep control of the House of Representatives.