SOUTH PORTLAND — He said it is more difficult to face two challengers, but Rep. Terry Morrison, D-South Portland, had little trouble winning a third term Tuesday.

In the district covering the eastern and waterfront portions of the city from Knightville to Willard Beach, Morrison bested Republican Thomas Sarbanis and independent Chris Kessler. Morrison finished with 3,080 votes, Kessler had 1,115, and Sarbanis had 1,002 votes.

Kessler was making his second run for elective office; he ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2009. Sarbanis, who served as an alternate delegate for Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August, was making his first campaign for elected office.

“I am doing great,” Morrison said. “I thought my opponents worked hard. Having two people running against you is harder than one.”

Morrison beat Republican Howard Farr in 2010 by about a 3-1 margin, and said his large margin of victory this year came as a big surprise. He returns to Augusta with the Democrats now holding the majority in the Legislature, and as part of a Democratic sweep of legislative districts in the city.

“What I really want us to concentrate on is the economy in Maine,” Morrison said. “I mean bipartisan economic policy to help small businesses and all kinds of people have the tools they need to succeed.”

With the implementation of the federal Affordable Health Care Act coming, Morrison said he wants to be part of the mandated and state-operated health-care exchange allowing consumers and businesses to compare health plans.

“I am just grateful to be returning to Augusta and serving my district,” Morrison said.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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