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Mike Bloomberg is ploughing an additional $20 million into this election cycle, flooding the airwaves in North Carolina, Texas and Arizona to promote down-ballot candidates who share his views on climate.

The big picture: Bloomberg's last-minute cash infusion comes on top of the $100 million he pledged last month to help Joe Biden win Florida.

Why it matters: With Democrats flush with cash at both the presidential and congressional level, Bloomberg is looking for returns further down the ballot, investing in races that are flying below the national radar.

  • "These may not be races that you’ve heard of, but they are where we thought we could make a difference," said Brynne Craig, the campaign manager for Bloomberg's Beyond Carbon Victory Fund.
  • "These offices play roles that could help each of their states combat climate change."

By the numbers: The group is putting nearly $8.5 million into TV, radio and digital advertising to support Democrat Yvonne Lewis Holley for lieutenant governor of North Carolina. 

  • In Arizona, Bloomberg's group is spending $6.3 million to win a majority on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which sets energy standards for the state.
  • In Texas, Bloomberg personally gave $2.5 million to Chrysta Castañeda’s campaign for the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees everything from gas utilities to pipeline safety.
  • He's also personally giving $500,000 to the North Carolina Democratic Leadership Committee.

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Nov 15, 2020 - World

Mexico tops 1 million coronavirus cases, as death toll nears 100,000

A sign above crowds of people in a street in Mexico City, Mexico, warning to "avoid masses" and keep distance from others during a nationwide, 12-day shopping event that's running through Nov. 20, designed to stimulate the economy. Photo: Cristopher Rogel Blanquet/Getty Images

Mexico surpassed 1 million coronavirus cases and over 98,200 deaths from COVID-19 late Saturday, per Johns Hopkins data.

Driving the news: Mexican health officials have focused on testing the seriously ill and conducted only about 2.5 million COVID-19 tests in total — representing 1.9% of the population, AP reports.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists — National standardized tests delayed until 2022.
  5. Cities: Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. World: London police arrest dozens during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.