CHARLOTTE, NorthCarolina -- Celebrations and politics were on the agenda for Democrats in Charlotte, North Carolina this Labor Day.

The Democratic National Convention officially kicks off on Tuesday, but there was plenty to do Monday.

Music filled the streets of downtownCharlotte with Carolina Fest. It was a star-studded music event featuring Jeff Bridges and James Taylor.

At a hotel nearly 40 minutes away from downtown, 287 Texas delegates were ready to get the political party started. The party's faithful know they will have to work hard to get President Obama re-elected.

I want to hear President Obama say 'I accept your nomination to be President of the United States,' Texas delegate CecilWebster said.

But Webster knows it will be a challenge.The unemployment rate stands at 8.3 percent. When President Obama took office the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent. For most Americans the economy is a top issue.

Team Obama's challenge now is to convince anxious Americans to stay on course with the president.

I'm really going to work hard for President Obama, but you have to vote. Even if you vote for the other guy on the other ticket, you have to vote, Texas delegate and Houston Mayor Annise Parker said.

A new Gallup Poll shows the presidential race is at a dead heat. It's proof that every vote counts.

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