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Name: Nathan Bhat
Lives: Chicago, Illinois
Works: Currently between jobs
Voting intention: Republican
In 10 words or less:
"Globally-aware educated patriot"
I will vote for all Republican candidates on my ballot on 7 November.
I am mainly concerned with our national security and foreign policy.
The stakes are very high for our nation right now and I want a Congress that maintains our resolve in the 'war on terror'.
The way I see it, we have not had a single attack on our soil since 9/11.
The terrorists are on the run from their former hideouts in Afghanistan and a democracy is slowly taking root in Iraq.
In terms of our economy, the unemployment rate is low nationally and the stock market has broken all-time records.
I support the Bush administration because they are not afraid to advance American interests and do not apologise for America's existence.
We live in a wonderful nation with a diversity of opinion but I find the Democratic Party leadership constantly taking pot shots at the Bush administration without offering any credible alternatives.
I see the Republicans maintaining a majority in both the House and Senate.
A lot of the polls being quoted in the left-leaning media are quite misleading.
Sure, there may be a particular race here or there which will see seats changing hands but the final outcome will not see any "blue" [Democratic] wave in 2006.
In Illinois I see the Republicans retaining the 6th district seat vacated by Henry Hyde and picking up the 8th district seat too.
The gubernatorial race will hinge on the extent of voter turnout.
My congressional district is within the city of Chicago so I am certain it will stay in the Democratic column. But nationally, the Republican Party will hold its own.