Plans to sell an Oregon bank stumbled in a shareholder vote last week after the would-be buyer lowered its bid.Oregon law requires two-thirds approval for such sales, but $60 million-asset Northern Bank of Commerce in Portland said late Thursday that only 54% of its shares voted in favor of the proposed sale to $199 million-asset Cowlitz Bancorp. of Longview, Wash.

The swing votes, sources said, were those of a Portland stockbroker who wanted Cowlitz to pay more.

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