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Palestinians Prepare for Presidential Vote

Mahmoud Abbas, the presumed favorite in Sunday's Palestinian elections, is running a robust campaign, backed by the late Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement. Seven candidates are running to succeed Arafat as Palestinian Authority president. NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.

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Julie McCarthy has spent most of career traveling the world for NPR. She's covered wars, prime ministers, presidents and paupers. But her favorite stories "are about the common man or woman doing uncommon things," she says.