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The .2% margin disqualifies the race for an automatic recount, according to state rules. 

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Daniel Nguyen during a Zoom interview.Nearly one month after the initial results showed an extremely close House District 38 Democratic Party primary election race, Lake Oswego City Councilor Daniel Nguyen appears to have emerged victorious over Lake Oswego School Board member Neelam Gupta by a 28-vote margin.

According to results that Clackamas County said were final Monday, June 13, Nguyen has 6,845 votes while Gupta has 6,817 votes — which amounts to a 50% to 49.8% margin of victory. However, Nguyen's advantage falls within the .2% threshold to qualify for an automatic recount.

Gupta held an early lead based on Multnomah County tallies, but Nguyen eclipsed her after more Clackamas County votes were counted. Clackamas County finalized vote tallies very slowly due to defective ballot bar codes and general dysfunction. HD 38 covers Lake Oswego and parts of Multnomah County.

The winner of this race will face Republican Alistair Firmin in the November general election.

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