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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Forget symbols of elephants and donkeys.

Some residents of Charlotte, N.C., and Tampa, Fla. are seeing dollar signs when it comes to the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

They're hoping to make a quick buck by renting out their homes to some of the thousands of delegates, journalists and protesters who are expected to flock to both cities for the political extravaganzas. They're aiming high. Some are asking for rents ranging from $7,000 to $20,000 a week.

Charlotte and Tampa officials say they have enough hotel and motel rooms to handle the crowds. But some listed their homes just in case people wanted an alternative to hotels.

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