At various times (some candidates withdrew before election day) the candidates included:
Abdel Sattar Qassem
Abdel Karim Shbier
Abdel Halim al-Ashqar
On the final day of the campaign, the candidates were:
Popularly known as Abu Mazen. A recent poll put his support at 65%.
He is a 69-year-old moderate who carries the hopes of the United States and Britain that he will curb the Islamist militant groups and negotiate a peace deal. He is opposed to the use of violence in the Palestinian uprising. However, he lacks charisma and may turn out to be only a transitional leader.
An academic and human rights campaigner, standing as an independent. He says the Palestinians need an alternative to Fatah - the dominant Palestinian faction which is headed by Mr Abbas - and Hamas. He is a distant relative of Marwan Barghouti, who is in an Israeli jail.
Aged 50, Mustafa Barghouti is a moderate, opposed to violence, though his election statements have been ambiguous. Opinion polls show his support running at about 22%. He could emerge as the leader of the democratic opposition in the West Bank and Gaza, or could opt for a position in Mr Abbas's cabinet.
Aged 69, founding member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, one of the most leftwing parties on the slate. Released from an Israeli jail a year ago.
Sayyed Hussein Barakeh
Aged 48, an Islamist academic and businessman, who was deported by Israel to Lebanon in 1989, returning from exile in 1998.
Abdel Kareem Shbair
Aged 54, a lawyer based in Gaza, whose main campaign issue is the right of return for Palestinian refugees.
Aged 44, candidate of the People's Party of Palestine (communist), favours civil resistance to violence.
Abdel Halim al-Ashkar
Aged 46, a professor held in the US, awaiting trial, accused of helping to channel funds to militants.
Results in full:
Mustafa Barghouti Independent Votes 153,516 Proportion 19.80%
Mahmoud Abbas The Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) Votes 483,039 Proportion 62.32%
Bassam El-Salhi Palestinian Popular party Votes 20,844 Proportion 2.69%
Tayseer Khalid Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine Votes 27,118 Proportion 3.50%
Abdel Kareem Shbeir Independent Votes 5,874 Proportion 0.76%
Abdel Halim Al-Ashqar Independent Votes 20,774 Proportion 2.68%
Al-Said Baraka Independent Votes 9,809 Proportion 1.27%
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