Wednesday, less than an hour before the start of the Virginia House of Delegates legislative session, Democrat Shelly Simonds finally conceded the race she lost in a drawing of lots earlier this month.

Simonds ran against Republican David Yancey for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates last year. When the votes were counted, Yancey appeared to have won by a handful of votes. But after a recount, Simonds had the lead by one vote. The result was important because a win by Simonds would leave the chamber with a 50-50 tie meaning Democrats and Republicans would have to work out a power-sharing plan. A win by Yancey would leave the chamber in Republican control.

For one day it appeared Simonds would win the race by one vote, but then a VA court ruled that a formerly discarded ballot could be counted for Yancey. The race was certified as a tie, 11,608 votes for each candidate. Simonds filed a legal challenge to that result but it was denied.

State law dictates that tie races should be settled by drawing lots and so, earlier this month, the Virginia board of elections put both names in a decorative bowl and selected Yancey as the winner. Simonds refused to concede saying, “all options are still on the table.” As the Washington Post points out, Simonds could have continued to drag this out by asking for another recount:

Simonds, who could have asked for a recount, tweeted her announcement less than an hour before the House reconvened its 60-day session and cleared the way for her Republican opponent, incumbent Del. David Yancey (Newport News), to be seated without protests from Democrats…

State law allowed Simonds until Jan. 16 to make that request, potentially creating an ugly scene that could have marred the installation of a new GOP speaker and complicate the party’s effort to rebrand itself after devastating losses in an anti-Trump wave in November.

One other outstanding contest was also settled today in favor of Republicans:

A handful of voters sued over the other disputed election, a 73-vote squeaker in the Fredericksburg area where 147 voters mistakenly received the wrong ballots. A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected their request to invalidate that race, clearing the way for Republican Bob Thomas will [sic] be sworn in.

The GOP will retain 51-49 control of the House of Delegates but that’s still a grim result compared to the 63-34 advantage they had before last year’s election. Virginia went for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election by about 5 points.