CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s decision to declare his party’s candidates three months ahead of polling has had TRS contestants struggling to sustain the high cost of an overlong campaign. Some nominees have found novel means of keeping voters’ interest going: outgoing speaker S. Madhusudana Chary has been doing the rounds in his constituency giving free shaves in local barber shops and making public shows of touching the feet of random elders. Other TRS men have been holding public cookouts; helping residents carry water; even helping with feeding infants. KCR is doing his bit too. He’s penned two songs which will blare from the tannoys he arrives to address voters.