December 2, 2014 1:54 PM EST

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has retaken the lead in TIME’s Person of the Year poll, surpassing the protesters for Ferguson, Mo., with just four days left to vote.

The Ferguson protesters temporarily took the lead from Modi last week as people around the United States demonstrated against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August. Modi, who entered office earlier this year, is seen by many in India and around the world as having the potential to reinvigorate the country’s economy.

The voting remains close. Modi has 10.8% of votes while the Ferguson protesters have 10.2%. Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and the Ebola doctors and nurses round out the top five.

Since 1927, TIME has named a person who, for better or worse, has most influenced the news and our lives in the past year.

The Person of the Year is selected by TIME’s editors, but readers are asked to weigh in by commenting on any TIME Facebook post that includes #TIMEPOY, tweeting votes using the #TIMEPOY hashtag, or by heading over to’s Person of the Year voting hub, where Pinnion’s technology is recording, visualizing and analyzing results as they are received. Votes from Twitter, Facebook and’s voting hub are pooled together to create the totals displayed on the site.

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