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As world leaders continue to congratulate President and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the historic nature of the ticket is starting to sink in. At inauguration in January 2021, Biden will be 78 years old, making him the oldest president to take the office. His wife, Dr Jill Biden has indicated that she will continue in her occupation as an English professor, which would make her the first US First Lady to continue working outside the White House. She would also be the first to bring a professorship to the role.
For all these firsts, it is Vice President-elect Kamala Harris who broke the largest barriers in this election. She will be the first woman vice-president, after being only the third woman to run in the position on a major party ticket. She will also be the first person of colour to hold the vice presidency. Her husband, Doug Emhoff is also set to be the United States’ first ‘second gentleman’.
Moreover, this election has made history in terms of turnout. Roughly 150 million votes have been counted, with more to come. This equates to 62 per cent of the eligible voting population, eclipsing turnout in 2008 and on track to level rates from the turn of the 20th century, before all women were allowed to vote. This record turnout, along with population growth, means Joe Biden has won more votes in an election than any other presidential candidate. President Donald Trump also massively increased his turnout, including among minority voters.