As the country watches, Las Vegas will be playing an important role as host of tonight's Democratic debate.
While the Las Vegas Strip might be known for its bright lights and flash, Tuesday it took on a slightly different look.
Marquees that would typically tout the talents of Elton or Britney now display top political titans like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders.
CNN, which is airing the debate, has converged on Las Vegas to cover the event at the Las Vegas Wynn.
Even tourists are caught up in the excitement.
"They've got a lot of watch parties going on, so hopefully we can get in on some of the action," said Norma Jones, visiting from Texas.
Possibly the biggest viewing party in the country will be watching on the 126-foot screen on the side of Planet Hollywood where the debate will be shown live.
"It would be nice to see the candidates, but just the buzz of having it here and everybody getting excited about it is worth seeing," said Robin Grace, visiting from Ohio.
Even local politicians are buzzing.
"The face of Nevada is the face of the country," said Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus. "We're very economically diverse, ethnically diverse. We were hit hard by the recession so the issues that the Democrats are going to be talking about really resonate here and it's in the heart of my district so it's very exciting."
Las Vegas is ready to put its best foot forward as the country watches.
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