I suggest that any candidate struggling to survive the primaries would do well to consider employing the consulting firm of F&R Castro to direct their campaigns.
Yes it was just election time in Cuba people. 76 year old Raúl pulled down 99.6% in his legislative district topping even Fidel's 98.4%. The brothers apparently have huge coattails as their full slate of 612 other candidates all won election with a minimum of 73% of the vote.
How did Raúl do it?
"While far less prominent globally than his brother, Raúl Castro has long been popular in eastern Cuba, playing up his rural roots and down-home sense of humor. Some Cubans consider him more pragmatic than his visionary brother."
Oh and then there's this:
"There was only one choice for each office".
In the words of the philosopher M. Knofler:
"That ain't workin', that's the way you do it".