LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder dropped to a distant second place Friday in a Fortune magazine poll of the “world’s most disappointing leaders,” amid heavy voting for Brazil President Dilma Rousseff.

Based on results about 5 p.m. Friday, the South American leader, who is accused of cooking the country’s financial books and faces impeachment, had built a huge lead with about 71,000 votes, as Snyder dropped to second place with about 6,500 votes. In third place were former officials of soccer’s world governing body FIFA, Sepp Blatter and Michael Platini, with 2,800 votes.

Other nominees include former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, villainized for proudly making huge markups and profit margins on life-saving pharmaceuticals; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who made the list for his about-face endorsement of Republican presidential candidate and reality TV star Donald Trump, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, recognized for his inept response to the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.

Snyder made the Fortune list for his handling of the Flint drinking water crisis. The magazine tagged him with the “Don’t blame me, I’m just the Governor award” for his March 17 testimony before a congressional committee in which he heaped scorn on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as career bureaucrats in the state civil service.

Until today, Snyder held a strong lead in the poll, which began Wednesday. It wasn’t clear when the magazine intended to close down voting.

Snyder spokesman Ari Adler said Snyder is focused on fixing problems in Flint, not unscientific Internet polls.

Contact Paul Egan: 517-372-8660 or Follow him on Twitter @paulegan4. 


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