Republican candidate Bill Beardsley hosted a party at his Ellsworth home, where his mother was born.

Family, friends, staff, supporters and several local candidates descended on the scene after the polls closed, said Michael Pajak, Beardsley’s campaign manager.

They snacked on sandwiches, fruit, brownies and eclairs while watching the returns.

“This is a gathering in keeping with the character of the candidate and the campaign. It is folksy, about family and very informal,” said Pajak.

The candidate delivered a recap of his message and campaign to the gathering at one point.

“Now we are just talking and enjoying,” said Pajak.