Updated: February 24, 2021
United States President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Are TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year, the magazine announced on Thursday night.
Biden and Harris beat Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the 2020 presidential election by more than 7 million popular votes. They secured 306 electoral votes to 232 votes for Trump and Pence.
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The person of the year for Time is the most impactful thing or person of that year. This year, many people had thought it would be the coronavirus pandemic or health care workers, but the magazine seems to have concluded that defeating one of the most dangerous American Presidents in modern history was more impactful than even the coronavirus.
Biden and Harris are inheriting a divided country battling several crises at the same time – the coronavirus pandemic, the economic downturn, the racial injustices and the climate change crisis.