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DNC formally elects Kaine chairman

The Democratic National Committee has elected Tim Kaine as the party's new chairman.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The Democratic National Committee has elected Tim Kaine as the party's new chairman.

The vote was a formality and the outcome was expected.

President Barack Obama chose the Virginia governor for the post earlier this month. Kaine is a longtime ally who endorsed Obama for president in early 2007.

Kaine will serve as chairman on a part-time basis until his governor's term is up. He was elected to a four-year term in 2005.

The DNC post also is a four-year term.