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The numbers coming in over the television aren’t good for Robert Tillman, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, District 4.

But the etouffee is. Tillman and a collection of friends and relatives are gathered now at his spacious Beacon Hill home, playing dominoes, snacking on catered etouffee, greens and cobbler and enjoying themselves despite the results.

Juanita Blackmon, a candidate for Sedgwick County commissioner, also is at the party and also isn’t seeing election returns in her favor but she did see a lot of “smiles and positive energy” at the party — a nice consolation, she said.

Tillman, far left, and Blackmon, fourth from left, watch election returns with friends at Tillman’s Beacon Hill home.