The 59th United States presidential elections are set for Tuesday, November 3, 2020.Voters will select presidential electors who in turn will vote on December 14, 2020, to either elect a new president and vice president or re-elect the current incumbents, Donald Trump and Mike Pence respectively. The series of primary elections and caucuses were held from February to August 2020. This nominating process is an indirect election, where voters cast ballots selecting a slate of delegates to a political party’s nominating convention, who then in turn elect their parties’ nominees for president and vice president.
Trump was nominated the Republican candidate without any serious opposition together with vice president Mike Pence. Former vice president, Joe Biden, secured the Democratic nomination over his closest rival, Senator Bernie Sanders in a highly contested primary which featured the largest field of presidential candidates for any political party in recent years of American politics. On August 11, 2020, Biden announced that his running mate would be Senator Kamala Harris, making her the first African-American, the first Indian-American the first, Asian-American and the third female vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket (after Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Sarah Palin in 2008). Jo Jorgenson secured the Libertarian nomination with Spike Cohen as her running mate, and Howie Hawkins secured the Green nomination with Angela Nicole Walker as his running mate.
The winner of the 2020 presidential elections is scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. Trump or Biden will be the oldest candidate to be elected president. If sworn in, Biden will become the oldest person to serve as president at 78 years old, while Trump will become the oldest, also 78, if he serves a full second term (surpassing Ronald Reagan who was 77 years old at the end of his second term). This is the first presidential election where both major candidates are over 70.