100 most influential people: This candidate won Time's reader poll

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Democratic underdog Bernie Sanders is more influential than every other presidential candidate—at least according to Time magazine's readers.

Despite trailing Hillary Clinton, by almost 2.5 million votes in the ongoing primaries, Sanders easily beat the Democratic front-runner in the annual Time 100 reader poll, with 3.3 percent of the total vote to Clinton's 1 percent. Every GOP candidate fell behind Sanders and Clinton in the poll. Donald Trump took 0.6 percent of the vote, John Kasich pulled in 0.4 percent and 0.3 percent of readers voted for Ted Cruz.

The candidates weren't just competing among themselves. Readers were voting for leaders and figures they believe should appear on Time magazine's annual list of 100 most influential people, which editors will select and announce on April 21. Readers could choose between dozens of politicians, pop stars, globally-renowned actors and other cultural icons, to weigh in on who they think should be recognized in the final 100.

Sanders narrowly beat the massively popular South Korean K-pop boy band Big Bang, which received 2.9 percent of the total votes before the poll ended on Thursday. In third place, with 2.2 percent of the vote, was Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party won a landslide victory in the 2015 Myanmar general election.

Celebrities who endorse Bernie Sanders:

Celebrities who endorse Bernie Sanders
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100 most influential people: This candidate won Time's reader poll

Killer Mike of Run the Jewels 

The rapper has been very vocal within the hip-hop community about his endorsement of Sanders, and even introduced him at an Atlanta rally. 

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Danny DeVito 

In August 2015, the 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' actor took to Twitter, saying, "Bernie Sanders...you're our only hope Obi-Wan Kenobi". 

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Mark Ruffalo

Ruffalo used Twitter to share his political stance on January 17th of this year, saying, "@BernieSanders is preferred 2-1 by young people because they know his means what he says."

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Susan Sarandon 

In June of last year, Sarandon posted a video titled 'Flashback: Rep. Bernie Sanders Opposes Iraq War' along with the caption "We need a leader who is courageous and levelheaded in times of crisis:Bernie Sanders ‪#‎Bernie2016‬.

The liberal activist has since been seen campaigning for Sanders in Portland, Maine and introducing him on the campaign trail. 

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Belinda Carlisle

Back in August of last year, the lead singer of The Go-Go's tweeted, "yes, I switched teams...my candidate!" above an announcement that Bernie Sanders would be joining CNN's State of the Union. 

Ever since then she has been an avid supporter on social media. 

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Justin Long 

The 'Dodgeball' actor introduced Bernie Sanders at a campaign event in Des Moines shortly before the Iowa Caucus. 

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Sarah Silverman 

Sarah Silverman was among other celebs who headlined a fundraiser for the presidential candidate at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory on January 26th. 

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George Lopez 

After tweeting "WATCHA I Am #feelingthebern. Today I'm proud to officially endorse @BernieSanders for President" late last year, the actor has made headlining appearances at Sanders' fundraising events. 

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Spike Lee 

After citing his endorsement on a radio show recently, he elaborated on his commitment to Sanders, saying: “Bernie was at the March on Washington with Dr. King. He was arrested in Chicago for protesting segregation in public schools. He fought for wealth and education equality throughout his whole career. No flipping, no flopping. Enough talk. Time for action.”

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Time suggested Sanders' dominance in its survey was because he has "long benefited from digitally active supporters." The magazine added: "While he badly lags Clinton in winning the delegates needed to capture the presidential nomination, his populist rhetoric and emphasis on income inequality has allowed him to sustain a stronger-than-expected challenge to Clinton while also helping frame the debate in the Democratic contest."

It remains to be seen, however, if Sanders will top the annual 100 Most Influential People list when it's announced next week.

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