There were also three candidates rejected by the Portuguese Constitutional Court for not complying with the legal requirements, those were:
Carmelinda dos Santos Pereira
Luís Carlos Franco
Álvaro Manuel Nunes
Soares did not achieved the majority of the voting in any district, as the left-wing strongholds in the South of Portugal voted for Zenha due to his support by the Communist Party.
As results for the second round were counted, the urban vote, traditionally more left-wing, overcame the early lead of Freitas do Amaral by less than 140,000 votes, and Soares became president on 9 March 1986.
To date this was the only time a Portuguese presidential election was taken into a second round.