Tammy Duckworth, left, opposes Joe Walsh in the 8th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.
Republican Robert Dold, left, opposes Democrat Brad Schneider in the 10th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.
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Before their first debate, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney hunkered down for last-minute preparations, with standins for their opponents. On a local level, there's less glitz and less opportunity to practice for debates for congressional and state offices. Still, candidates and their staffs have some strategies up their sleeves.