MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - Republican faithful gathered in the parking lot of the GOP headquarters late Thursday night to watch Mitt Romney accept his nomination.
"It's the most important election of my lifetime", said Lynne Forrest. People need to know who Mitt Romney is, and what he's going to do for our country because we need a huge change in our country".
Dozens of GOP faithful began streaming into the Victory 2012 offices before 5pm Thursday night in the Morrision Plantation development.
They grilled hot dogs, played cornhole, and talked about why they think the Romney/Ryan ticket would be the best for America.
"We're here getting the county excited and getting behind Mitt Romney", said Maureen Purcell.
"With the way I've seen our country going in the last three years, (it) has not been in a direction that I support."
The crowd cheered for speakers like Marco Rubio and Clint Eastwood. They also shed tears listening to some at the podium talk about the Olympics, as well as the events of 9/11.
But it was when Romney took the stage that a hush fell over the crowd.
"When the wave of immigrants looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty, or knelt down and kissed the shores of freedom, just ninety miles from Castro's tyranny...these new Americans surely had many questions." said Romney from his telecast in Tampa.
"But none doubted that here in America, they could build a better life."
As their candidate wrapped up his speech, the crowd stood and applauded.
Many are also excited about the VP choice.
"I'm really excited about Paul Ryan", said Purcell. "I feel he has some fiscal experience that is going to get our economy turned around, and get us going back in the right direction."