Afghan president Hamid Karzai speaks during a joint press conference with Dutch Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende, unseen, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. After seven years in office, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's star is rapidly waning in Washington, with President Barack Obama saying Afghanistan's government is detached from the surrounding communities it is supposed to serve. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
KABUL (AP) - Campaign teams for President Hamid Karzai and top challenger Abdullah Abdullah jockeyed for position today as the winner of Afghanistan's presidential election.
Partial preliminary results won't be made public before tomorrow and election officials say it's too early for any claims of victory.
The next president faces an agenda filled with crises, including rising insurgent violence, rampant corruption and a huge narcotics trade.
Abdullah's camp said it was investigating claims of fraud across southern provinces where Karzai would expect to do well.
Abdullah's unofficial returns showed him beating Karzai handily. His numbers did not include results from the south and east, where Karzai was expected to win large majorities.
Karzai's campaign team said the president had won more than 50 percent of the vote.