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Could Bernie Sanders Be Time's Person Of The Year?

Though Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is trailing his main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, former Secretary of StateHillary Clinton, in many states, he’s leading the competition for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.

Sanders has beat out dozens of other candidates, including Pope Francis, President Barack Obama, French president Francois Hollande, refugees and Elon Musk, and currently holds 12.2 percent of the vote, according to Time Magazine. His closest competition is Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani activist for women, who holds 4.9 percent of the vote.

Sanders is also beating Clinton, who holds just 1.2 percent of the votes, putting her behind Caitlyn Jenner, Secretary of State John Kerry, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and rapper Nicki Minaj.

Though Time’s editors ultimately decide who wins, the reader’s choice poll will close on Dec. 4, CBS News notes. No presidential candidate has ever been named Person of the Year before the end of their campaign. 

This wouldn’t be the first time Sanders has graced the cover of Time. On September 28, he was featured with the tag line “Socialize this, America.”

Sources:  Time, CBS Washington / Photo Credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr, Tiffany Von Arnim/Flickr

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