Over 1,000 polling stations, 800 international observers, nearly two million eligible voters, and one hope – that the Palestinian presidential elections will produce a victor who can win peace.Opinion polls give Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah movement’s candidate to replace the late Yasser Arafat, the lead. He has pledged to carry on the fight for a Palestinian state, but by non-violent means, and is accepted by both the West and Israel as a possible partner for talks. The biggest rival to Abbas is Mustafa Barghouti, an independent who also advocates peaceful means to reach a settlement. Five other candidates are running. Militant groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad have called a boycott of the election.