U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has won a poll conducted by TIME magazine on who its readers see as the world's most influential people, trouncing his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and many world leaders and prominent cultural figures, it was announced Thursday.
Sanders finished with 3.3 percent of the total “yes” votes when the poll closed at midnight on Wednesday, beating the South Korean boy band Big Bang’s 2.9 percent, Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s 2.2 percent and U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2 percent.
Hillary Clinton got 1 percent of the "yes" votes and did not make it to the top 20 on the list.
The magazine said that Sanders led the poll from the start, product of his overwhelming popularity among internet savvy young people.
While the mainstream media dismissed Sanders early in his campaign against Clinton, the senator from Vermont has proven he is a worthy opponent and has over the past few week reduced his delegates deficit by a third after winning seven of the last eight primaries.
TIME’s editors will choose the TIME 100 themselves, a decision that will be informed by the reader poll. The final list will be announced April 21.