Dems nominate Kaine for VP

PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael Kaine2020 general election debates announced Senators call for Trump administration to testify on Syria Schumer: Transcript 'absolutely validates' Trump impeachment inquiry MORE (D-Va.) formally locked down the party's vice presidential nomination Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention. 

Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to testify on Libra | Extremists find home on Telegram app | Warren blasts Facebook for not removing anti-Biden ad | California outlaws facial recognition in police body cameras | China rips US tech sanctions House Democrats introduce new legislation to combat foreign election interference Harris wins endorsement of former CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge MORE (D-Ohio), convention chairwoman, suspended the rules, allowing delegates to confirm Kaine's nomination without a lengthy roll call vote. 

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The Bernie Delegates Network — a liberal group including more than 1,200 delegates — had threatened to challenge Kaine's nomination, but their effort fell short. 

Some audible "no" shouts were heard in the Wells Fargo Center when Fudge asked for a voice vote on Kaine.

Sanders supporters accused party officials of delaying and ultimately stonewalling their effort to field a challenger to Kaine. 

Donna Smith, the executive director of Progressive Democrats of America, told reporters she visited a local Democratic Party office in Philadelphia to retrieve the forms necessary to submit a challenger to Kaine.  

Instead, in what she characterized as a "wild goose chase,“ she said she was instead given an email address for general questions. 

Kaine has faced skepticism from some liberal voters over his support for some abortion restrictions and his positive comments about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Virginia Democrat has publicly said he's against the trade deal since accepting the VP spot. 

Sanders delegates haven't ruled out protesting Kaine's speech, scheduled for later Wednesday evening, from the convention floor. 

The Democrats’ decision to nominate Kaine by voice vote comes a day after the party formally nominated Clinton for president. 

Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottCBO: Pelosi bill to lower drug prices saves Medicare 5 billion Democrats divided on surprise medical bill fix NYC teacher suing DeVos over student loan forgiveness program MORE (D-Va.) formally nominated Kaine on Wednesday.

Updated at 4:52 p.m.