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Hillary Clinton chooses Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate

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By Ivan Levingston

Hillary Clinton chose Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate Friday night.

Kaine, a former governor of Virginia, brings a number of credentials to the ticket and has been widely viewed as a safe pick. In the Senate, he serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, giving him national security and foreign policy experience. He also speaks fluent Spanish, and would help Clinton in his home swing-state of Virginia.

Two of the top contenders mentioned in recent days were Kaine and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. However, a number of other potential running mates have been bandied about in the press, including Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, and retired admiral James Stavridis.

A poll of CNBC readers from earlier this summer on who Clinton should pick to join her on the ticket had Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in first place, with Kaine in second and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in third.

The Democratic presumptive nominee's decision comes on the heels of the Republican National Convention, which drew to a close Thursday in Cleveland. 

NBC News reported that Hillary Clinton's first joint appearance with her running mate will take place Saturday at a rally in Miami. The announcement puts one of the final pieces in place as Democrats prepare to gather in Philadelphia next week for the party's convention. 

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