Kotek faces challenge from fellow Dem for House speaker

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Clackamas County's Rep. Janelle Bynum continues pursuit with nomination

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State Rep. Tina Kotek, D-Oregon, speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Tina Kotek has won her party’s nomination for an unprecedented fifth term as speaker of the Oregon House, withstanding a rare challenge from a fellow Democrat.

However, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Rep. Janelle Bynum–the Clackamas County Democrat who has mounted a bid to unseat Kotek–announced Monday night she would continue to pursue the role despite not receiving the formal nomination of her caucus.

In most years, the Democratic caucus vote for Kotek would be decisive because Democrats hold a supermajority in the chamber. But it was unclear Monday if Democrats planned to vote in lockstep for Kotek on the Oregon House floor.

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