Person Of The Year? Bernie Sanders Wins Time Magazine Readers’ Poll For Prestigious Honor

Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders came out victorious in a poll to see who TIME Magazine readers thought should be named as its “Person of the Year.”

Sanders finished with 10.2% of the vote, well ahead of human rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who garnered 5.2%, and Pope Francis’ 3.7%.

However, when TIME announced the official shortlist for the coveted award, neither Sanders, nor any of the top 10 vote-getters in the readers’ poll, were named.

The 8-person list is made up of Republican Presidential contender Donald Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner, and Black Lives Matter activists.

TIME’s editors will select the Person of the Year, which they define as the person who had the greatest impact on the news this year, Wednesday on NBC’s Today.

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