Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year

Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year
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Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol Harris speaks with Netanyahu amid ICC probe Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill MORE and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams are among the list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year distinction for 2020.

The distinction, which the magazine has been giving on an annual basis since the 1920s, is bestowed upon an individual or group the country thinks has had  “the greatest influence on the events of the year—for better or worse.”


The year has been a significant one historically for Harris and the rest country, which, this month, saw the first Black woman, first woman, and first Asian, win election to office as vice president-elect. 

Abrams, the former 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee for Georgia, also saw widespread attention this year for for her work mobilizing voters in the Peach State. She took the national spotlight earlier this month when President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE was projected winner of the state in the presidential race. The instance marked the first time the usually reliably red state voted blue in a presidential race since 1992.

Other nominees for the distinction include Govs. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerCapitol Police asks National Guard to extend deployment 'SNL' envisions Fauci as game show host, giving winners vaccines Two men charged with making threatening calls to Michigan officials MORE (D-Mich.) and Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo accuser says governor did not take sexual harassment training NY Senate advances bill to repeal Cuomo's emergency powers Two female aides to Cuomo leave administration MORE (D-N.Y.), who have both garnered national headlines throughout the year for their response to the coronavirus pandemic. The list also includes Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Defense: White House open to reforming war powers | Army base might house migrant children | Fauci scolds military on vaccine Overnight Health Care: CDC study links masks to fewer COVID-19 deaths | Relief debate stalls in Senate | Biden faces criticism over push to vaccinate teachers Watch live: White House coronavirus response team holds briefing MORE, the country’s top infectious diseases expert, who helped lead the government’s federal response to the outbreak.

Biden and President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE also appeared on the list, along with a string of other prominent political figures: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo MORE (D-N.Y.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions Senate Democrats near deal to reduce jobless boost to 0 MORE (R-Ky.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Philly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE (D-Mass.) and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

As of Wednesday, Fauci and essential workers are tied with the highest percentage of yeses, with both securing 81 percent. Harris so far has notched 68 percent in yeses and Biden has gotten 64 percent for the same. Black Lives Matters activists have also captured 61 percent in yeses so far while Abrams has secured 59 percent.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated how Time's "Person of the Year" is chosen.