A lesson in politics

"I think he will be a good leader because he believes in our country," said O'Connor.

During the speech, Norris covered the economy portion of the speech and said she felt the mock election was a good lesson in how voters become informed and make decisions.

"Preparing for the speech taught me how much the people need to think about before voting," said Norris.

Fifth-grade student Maggie Holley felt equally passionate about her choice of candidate " Barack Obama.

"I learned about both sides of the argument, but I want Barack Obama to win because of how he feels about the economy and taxes," said Holley.

When the votes were tallied, Obama won with 261 to McCain's 102. There was one vote cast for Independent Party candidate Ralph Nader.

"The children not only voted, they sang patriotic songs, took the time to make signs and really learned from each other," said Comely.""

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