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

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris 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 Biden 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 Whitmer (D-Mich.) and Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), who have both garnered national headlines throughout the year for their response to the coronavirus pandemic. The list also includes Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious diseases expert, who helped lead the government's federal response to the outbreak.

Biden and President Trump also appeared on the list, along with a string of other prominent political figures: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (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.

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