Photos from Thursday at the DNC in Charlotte.

Photos from Thursday at the DNC in Charlotte.

The Democrats got to bat in the bottom of the ninth this election year and they took the opportunity to rebut the efforts of the Republicans from the week before. Here are photos from Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention, the night that marks the ​real​ beginning of the campaign for many voters.

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Photos from Thursday night at the GOP convention in Tampa.

Photos from Thursday night at the GOP convention in Tampa.

The final night of the party convention traditionally marks the beginning of the final sprint to election day. Here are photos from Thursday night at the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa.

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Photos from Wednesday night at the GOP convention.

Photos from Wednesday night at the GOP convention.

Wednesday night at a political convention is traditionally the night upon which the VP candidate gets his or her moment in the spotlight. In Tampa on Tuesday night, everything was leading to Paul Ryan's official debut on the national stage. Here is a gallery of images from the third night of the 2012 GOP convention.

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Photos from Tuesday night at the GOP Convention in Tampa.

Photos from Tuesday night at the GOP Convention in Tampa.

Political conventions are often more about the optics of the event rather than the actual content of the event. A few images setting the scene here in Tampa are in this image gallery.

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