Regardless of the presidential candidate you may support, we should be able to agree that the 2020 election has made its mark on history. This past election was unprecedented (along with the rest of 2020) for the reasons specified below.
- It was the first time a presidential election was held in the United States during a pandemic. However, the 1918 midterm election occurred during the Spanish Flu.
- It was the first time a sitting president challenged the results of the electoral college.
- It was the first time a Black woman was on the ticket of any major U.S. election. Kamala Harris will be the first woman and first woman of color to hold that office.
- More Americans voted in this election than in any election before. However, the turnout of voter-eligible population was higher in 1900 (before women’s suffrage was passed).
- Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris’ husband, will be the first Jewish spouse of any president or vice president.
- New Mexico became the first state to elect all women of color to Congress.
- Democrat Sarah McBride became the first transgender woman to be elected to the Senate.
- Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres (both Democrats) won in New York, making them the first openly gay Black men elected to Congress.
- Republican Eddie Mannis and Democrat Torrey Harris will be the first openly LGBTQ politicians in Tennessee House of Representatives.
- Nancy Mace was the first Republican woman elected to represent South Carolina in Congress.
Partisan ties aside, the 2020 Presidential Election made unequivocal strides for women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community, although there is much work to be done. Yet, clearly, the country is divided, as the votes between Donald Trump and Joe Biden differed by just about 6 million votes and congress is closely split.
Here’s to the next four years!