Unofficial exit polls in the landmark Palestinian presidential election indicate mainstream Fatah candidate Mahmoud Abbas has an overwhelming lead.
The polls suggest Mr. Abbas has about 66-percent of the vote. Final, official results are expected Monday.
Political analysts say today's (Sunday's) election to chose a successor to the late Yasser Arafat is key to reviving stalled peace negotiations with Israel.
Analysts have also said Mr. Abbas needs 60-percent of the popular vote to ensure a mandate for his agenda, which includes pursuing peace with Israel and the creation of an independent Palestinian state through non-violent means.
He has also called for the "right of return" for Palestinians--allowing refugees to return to their homes now in Israel.
International observers say voting went relatively smoothly throughout the day.
Turnout was reportedly low among the 1.8 million registered voters in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and election officials extended voting for two-hours to allow more people to cast ballots.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas had called for a boycott of the vote.