Miley Cyrus kicking techies' butts in TIME Person of the Year voting

Google, Yahoo, Netflix among outfits with horses in this race

Political leaders in Egypt and Turkey, as well as singer Miley Cyrus, have taken a wrecking ball to tech leaders and personalities so far in TIME's Person of the Year voting, which wraps up on Dec. 6. TIME editors will have the final say, but it's possible that public voting results will sway their decision, which will be announced on Dec. 11.

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The leading voters now are Egypt Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and none other than entertainer Miley Cyrus. With between 17.4% and 23.8% of the vote so far, these three are blowing away the rest of the field of 40-plus. (According to Yahoo's recently released list of top searches this year, Cyrus was #1.)

Techies on the list include Amazon's Jeff Bezos, who might get a late boost from his company's revelation of work on delivery drones. Also vying for the honor are Google CEO Larry Page, Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, Netflix's Reed Hastings, Twitter's Dick Costello, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, electric car and space travel pioneer Elon Musk and Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor behind the big classified documents leak. With 2% of the vote, Snowden is the only member of this group with even 1% of the vote.

TIME's award has gone to techies in the past, most notable of late: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in 2010.

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