After unfavorable results started coming in after the ballot boxes closed at 8 pm, Brady rallied the crowd, announcing her intention to hold out.
She did the same again an hour later, although her share of the vote hadn't increased enough to place her in the runoff. Brady said she'd called Hales to offer congratulations, and understood if some of her supporters had to leave the party.
The crowd steadily thinned, and by the time the 10:30 pm results were counted, only her most dedicated volunteers, supporters, staff and family remembers remained.
Brady didn't concede for another 40 minutes, and after both The O and WW had called the race for Hales and Smith. After her brief concession speech, a huddle of TV reporters pressed her for what she might've done differently.
"I probably would've taken another day off," Brady replied.