Democrats from across the country, including those from Tennessee, are gathering in North Carolina tonight ahead of their national convention that begins tomorrow.
Most events will happen in the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Thursday, President Barack Obama will accept his party's nomination outside at Bank of America Stadium. There's a chance of rain in the forecast, so organizers are watching the weather.
Delegates from Tennessee are already in Charlotte.
They said the party is giving them plenty of support, even though Republican candidate Mitt Romney will likely win Tennessee.
"We're right next to North Carolina. That's going to be a pivotal state in the election," said Tennessee delegate Zach Young. "They know most of the effort of the president's supporters in Tennessee are spending their time either traveling to North Carolina to knock on doors or spending their time making phone calls to North Carolina to persuade voters."
Spring Hill resident Vilma Cueva, Williamson County's first Hispanic American delegate, said she is looking forward to hearing President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama speak, as well as learning new strategies for campaigning.
"This is the only place to have the opportunity to learn about campaigning and reaching voters," said Cueva.
You can expect plenty of activists from both sides in North Carolina. A recent Gallup poll has Obama and Romney in a virtual tie there.
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