WASHINGTON (CBSDC)– Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is in the lead for TIME’s “Person of the Year” poll, beating out other global superstars like Pope Francis, Jennifer Lawrence, and President Barack Obama.

There are just 11 days left before the poll comes to a close, and TIME reports that Sanders has won over 11 percent of pollsters. Trailing behind Sanders is Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai, who comes in at 5 percent.

Some of the other contenders, who are all polling at 2 percent or below, are Adele, Jennifer Lawrence, and Hillary Clinton.

Sanders is also ahead of  Republican candidate Donald Trump in the reader poll, though Trump did say he believed he was being considered for the recognition at a rally on Saturday.

Sanders said Thursday that economic security is essential to Americans achieving true freedom, a central tenet in his political philosophy of “democratic socialism.”

The Vermont senator said the idea has roots in the legacies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Real freedom must include economic security. That was Roosevelt’s vision 70 years ago. It is my vision today,” Sanders said in a speech at Georgetown University. “It is a vision that we have not yet achieved and it is time that we did.”

Sanders’ comments came during a defining speech about his views as he seeks to challenge front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party’s nomination. Clinton has built a large lead over Sanders in national polls and has an edge in Iowa, the first presidential caucus.

As for the Person of the Year poll, voting on the reader’s choice will end Dec. 4th at 11:59 p.m. TIME editors will ultimately choose the person of the year. The publication notes that no presidential candidate has been named Person of the Year prior to the end of campaigning.


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