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PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE

Colton Remiker, 13, of Wilson Middle School casts his vote for president Monday in the lobby of Carol Morsani Hall at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Students in grades 4 through 6 filled out ballots at mock voting booths and watched a production of the show Vote! The straw poll results leaned toward DemocratBarack Obama, who made an appearance in Tampa on the same day. Of the almost 900 students who cast ballots, 566 voted for Obama, while 290 chose Republican John McCain. A few students voted for Noble Peace Prize winner and former Vice President Al Gore, said Karla Hartley of the performing arts center.

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