Two Black women are in the running for Time Magazine’s 2020 Person of the Year in a watershed year for race and politics.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams are among the names on a list of possible nominees for the annual honor, which the magazine has been handing out since the 1920s. It is awarded to individuals or groups the country believes has had “the greatest influence on the events of the year—for better or worse,” according to The Hill.
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Harris became the first Black woman, first woman, and first Asian, to win election to office as vice president-elect in the nation. Abrams, a former 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee for Georgia, won the spotlight when her voter mobilization work helped President-elect Joe Biden win the usually Republican state for the first time since 1992.
So far, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious diseases expert, and essential workers are tied with the highest percentage of votes at 81 percent, the report notes.
Harris so far has notched 68 percent approval, while Biden has received 64 percent. Black Lives Matters activists so far have won 61 percent, while Abrams has garnered 59 percent.