All the parts of the 2012 Democratic National Convention are coming into place. The stage, the security, the thousands of delegates and reporters.
But something's missing -- lots of Democratic lawmakers.
Whether it's because they're facing tough races in moderate districts and don't want to be seen partying it up with the president or because they just don't feel like coming to Charlotte, a number of elected Democrats are sitting this year's convention out.
Here's a list of Democrats not expected to show up this week:
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
California Gov. Jerry Brown
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin
West Virginia Rep. Rep. Nick Rahall
Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Critz
New York Rep. Bill Owens
New York Rep. Kathy Hochul
Utah Rep. Jim Matheson
Montana Sen. Jon Tester
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill
Georgia Rep. John Barrow
Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar
North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre
North Carolina Rep. Larry Kissell
Ohio Rep. Betty Sutton
Maine Rep. Mike Michaud
Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler