Sanders wins reader poll for Time’s Person of the Year
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Schumer: Administration 'must move heaven and earth' to implement new unemployment benefits Biden associates reach out to Holder about VP search MORE (I-Vt.) is the winner of Time magazine’s annual reader poll for its Person of the Year.

The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate had just more than 10 percent support when polls closed late Sunday, the magazine said Monday.

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Sanders surged past his competition to finish with almost twice the support of readers’ second-place pick.

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani women’s education activist and Nobel Prize winner, followed Sanders with 5.2 percent.

Pope Francis, Time's Person of the Year in 2013, landed in third place with 3.7 percent.

Among politicians, President Obama took 3.5 percent support, while 2016 Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump scored 1.8 percent and his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton, earned 1.4 percent.

Time noted that no White House hopeful has ever become Person of the Year before the end of a campaign season.

The publication’s editors will reveal their selection for the award during Wednesday morning’s broadcast of NBC’s “Today" show.