Bernie Sanders Holds Strong Lead in Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ Poll

With eleven days left to vote in the 2015  Time Person of the Year poll, Vermont senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is retaining a strong lead against the competition.

While Sanders is still 20 points behind democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in many presidential primary polls, in this one he is clearly winning. Sanders leads with 11.2% of the votes in Time’s reader poll, to the former first lady’s 1.3 % of the vote, which is lower than Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Nicki Minaj.

The senator is also beating out Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai’s 4.8%, Pope Francis, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama.

Donald Trump, the highly racist and bigoted GOP presidential front-runner, is just missing the mark to make it into the poll’s top 10 with 2.3 percent of the vote. At a campaign stop in Birmingham, Alabama, over the weekend the former reality television star challenged Time Magazine to make him Person of the year. He stated:

“You know, I was on the cover recently, now they’re here again, so I assume they’re considering me for ‘man of the year.’ I say there’s no way they give it to me,” the outspoken billionaire added. “Because mentally they can’t. They just can’t. They can’t do it. They can’t. Even if I deserve it, they can’t do it.”

In September, Sanders also appeared on the cover of the magazine with the playful title, “Socialize This, America.”

Sanders has a highly energized support base which is intensely apparent on social media. He may not be accepting money from big donors or Super PACs, but he has raised over $26 million from over 750,000 individual donors with his platform of getting corporate money out of politics and confronting income inequality. He has been leading a charge for state colleges to be tuition free as well as raising the federal minimum wage to “$15 bucks an hour.”

Time Magazine noted that while they poll their readers, ultimately the decision of who will be named Person of the Year is up to the editorial team. They also noted that no presidential candidate has been named Person of the Year prior to the end of the campaign.

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