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Republican incumbent Scott Bruun kept his seat Tuesday in the state House of Representatives, one of the few members of his party to do so.

Unofficial election results as of Friday morning showed Bruun had won about 1,900 more votes than his Democratic challenger Bev Backa in House District 37, which includes West Linn, a portion of Lake Oswego and Tualatin.

Backa sent Bruun a congratulatory e-mail at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Backa said that she was disappointed, but that she was taking heart from the overall election results, which put the Democrats in control of the state house for the first time in more than a decade.

'If I could envision an environment where I'd like to see my opponent operating, it would be one where he's working with a Democratic majority in the house,' she said.

Bruun, contacted late Tuesday night, said he was humbled by the election results.

'It was tighter than I hoped,' he said.

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