A recount in a close Virginia Beach House of Delegates race affirmed Friday that Republican Karen Greenhalgh defeated incumbent Democrat Alex Askew and ensured that the GOP will retake control of the House when the General Assembly convenes Jan. 12.

Another close race will undergo a recount next week in Hampton, but the Virginia Beach result means Republicans will hold at least a one-seat majority in the House of Delegates.

The outcome makes official a Republican sweep of Virginia’s Nov. 2 elections, led by Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin and his ticket mates, Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears and Attorney General-elect Jason S. Miyares. They’ll be sworn in on Jan. 15.

“I look forward to working with Karen to make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” Youngkin said in a prepared statement.

“While this is not the outcome we hoped for, I continue to be filled with optimism for the future of our Commonwealth and of the city of Virginia Beach,” Askew said in a news release conceding defeat early Friday afternoon.

Askew had trailed Greenhalgh by 127 votes in the certified results of the Nov. 2 election, below the 0.5 percent margin that allows the runner-up to request a recount at public expense. That recount began Thursday. A panel of three Circuit Court judges met Friday to consider any contested ballots before determining the final result.

The process resulted in Greenhalgh’s margin of victory narrowing to 115 votes out of more than 28,000 votes cast, according to Virginia Beach deputy registrar Christine Lewis.

Greenhalgh tweeted that the recount “has confirmed what we knew on Election Day. … It’s time to get to work for Virginia Beach. I also want to thank Del. Askew for his service to the Commonwealth.”

State elections officials had said the outcome was unlikely to change, but the ruling lifted the starting gate for House Republicans to claim control.

“Now that the majority is official, we can move forward with a timely transition as to be prepared to work on day one," Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah), who has been elected by the GOP caucus to serve as Speaker of the House once the General Assembly session gets underway, said in a prepared statement.

Outgoing House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) praised Askew, a freshman delegate elected in the Democratic surge of 2019, as “an incredible public servant.” In a prepared statement, Filler-Corn said the recount “was a necessary step to ensuring faith” in the democratic process. She also congratulated Greenhalgh and pledged to “do everything I can to assist Speaker-designee Gilbert with a smooth transition.”

A second recount will get underway Tuesday in Hampton, where incumbent Del. Martha M. Mugler (D) trails Republican A.C. Cordoza in the certified results by 94 votes out of 27,836 votes cast. The judges are slated to consider contested ballots in that race on Wednesday and issue a final result.

If the Mugler-Cordoza race stands, Republicans will hold a 52-48 majority in the House of Delegates.

Gilbert announced later Friday that Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach) had agreed to serve as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which has power over the state’s purse strings. Knight will replace Del. Luke Torian (D-Prince William) in the coveted role.

“The General Assembly has a significant task ahead of us as we address the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on Virginia families and businesses,” Gilbert said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “While our current financial picture is good, we must confront the ongoing increases in everyday costs the citizens of Virginia are seeing."