Incumbent Democrat Rep. Chris Garrett easily won re-election to a third term in the Oregon House of Representatives.

Garrett represents House District 38, which takes in Lake Oswego and portions of Southwest Portland.

Following the first release of results Tuesday evening, it was clear that Garrett would be returned to office. His opponent, Republican Tom Maginnis, ran a limited campaign following the June 14 death of his wife, Lynne.

Both Garrett and Maginnis are Lake Oswego residents.

Wednesday results from the Clackamas County elections office showed Garrett with 10,971 votes compared to Maginnis with 7,307.

For the Multnomah County portion of the district, the Multnomah County elections office showed similar numbers Wednesday with Garrett gaining 8,291 votes compared to Maginnis with 2,182.

“I’m honored to have been elected to a third term in the House,” said Garrett. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address the big issues facing Oregon, from reinvesting in education, to getting smarter on crime, to reforming the tax code and PERS.”

Garrett also voiced concerns about the ballot tampering incident in Clackamas County.

“The situation in Clackamas County represents a huge breach of faith,” he said. “The investigation needs to be thorough, and anyone responsible for ballot tampering needs to be punished swiftly and severely. Unfortunately, this is just the latest example of problems in the Clackamas County elections office. I believe the Legislature in 2013 will take a close look at how this office and others around the state are functioning.”

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