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Screengrabs of Hogan and Manchin, courtesy of No Labels

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, both centrists, have teamed up for a $1 million-plus national ad campaign, reviewed first by Axios, urging Americans to be patient and respect the electoral process following Tuesday's election.

Why it matters: With record levels of early voting and mail-in ballots and several races being too close to call, it could be several days before we know who the winner of the election is.

  • The ad comes as top lawmakers warn about America's foreign adversaries attempting to sow doubts about the credibility of the U.S. election system as ballots continue to be counted. There are also concerns that President Trump could amplify disinformation about the election being corrupt.

Details: No Labels, a group that promotes bipartisan governance, is launching the "Respect the Vote” campaign on national cable, streaming and social. 

  • “The world is watching. What happens in the coming days and weeks will define America for decades to come,” Hogan says. “I know emotions are running high, but we need to keep faith in the voters and our democracy ... Let the process work, just like it has every four years for over 200 years.”
  • "This unprecedented campaign has challenged our nation to its core,” Manchin says. "Throughout our nation’s 240 year history, we have persevered through many hardships, and we will continue to do so now as our country begins to unify around solving the problems facing our families and communities."

Between the lines: On Tuesday, Hogan's state went for Democrats and Manchin's went for Republicans — a split underscoring the indecisiveness of election night.

Watch the ad.

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Business leaders urge Republicans to drop Electoral College challenge

Sen. Ted Cruz. Photo: Susan Walsh/Pool/Getty Images

U.S. business leaders are urging Republicans to drop their plans to object to certifying the 2020 election results, saying such efforts "run counter to the essential tenets of our democracy."

Driving the news: Several Republican senators, led by Ted Cruz (R-Texas), as well as a group of House members say they will oppose certifying Joe Biden's win, despite the fact that nearly all lawsuits brought by President Trump, his allies and his legal team to challenge the election results have been dismissed.

Nearly $500 million spent on ads for Georgia Senate races

The Georgia Senate runoff races are among the most expensive Senate races in history, according to advertising spend figures from Ad Impact.

The big picture: Collectively, nearly $500 million worth of ads targeting Georgia voters has been spent in two months.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Updated 7 mins ago - Health

Omicron travel bans are sign of what's to come

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The travel bans and border closures prompted by the Omicron variant likely won't fully prevent its spread, but that won't stop countries from leaning on the measures.

Why it matters: The rapid speed at which countries turned to travel bans with the emergence of Omicron indicates border controls will increasingly become a weapon against infectious disease — whether or not public health experts agree they are effective.