On Pradip's first Election Day as a Republican, he displays little of the optimism that has marked his campaign. “Whether it's win or lose,” he says after voting around 11:00 A.M., “it was important for us to be in the game.”
He spends the day in his campaign headquarters, an office carved out of a home in a residential neighborhood in Iselin. It's filled with volunteers, all desi, all male.
Around 4:00 P.M., a man walks in talking on his cell phone, getting tallies for voter turnout. “Jersey City turnout bahut accha hai,” he says in Hindi. Jersey City's turnout is very good.
Some of the volunteers haven't even been able to vote for Pradip—they either live in other counties or aren't yet citizens–but they fill the house, which serves as headquarters for an importexport business, using each phone line and then resorting to the fax machines. Each is given a portion of a list of registered Indian voters.