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Maryland Gov. Hogan: Trump prematurely declaring victory is ‘outrageous and uncalled for’

As Americans await the final results of the presidential election, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appeared in a video for the bipartisan “No Labels” organization asking people to be patient and accept the results.

“We cast the votes, we count the votes and we respect the results," Hogan says in the video, which features alternating clips of the Republican governor and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia.

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The video is part of a $1 million ad campaign from the No Labels group that will run across cable TV, social media and radio, according to Hogan’s political organization, An America United.

The Hogan-Manchin ad is the first of several ads cut for the campaign, and was recorded before Tuesday’s Election Day unfolded.

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The result of the presidential election remained unclear on Wednesday, with results still incomplete in several key states. President Donald Trump prematurely declared victory over Democratic challenger Joe Biden overnight, despite neither candidate having secured enough votes in the Electoral College to win.

In the ad, Hogan and Manchin urge Americans to be patient and respect the results when they are finalized.

“We’re Republicans and Democrats who believe first, we’re Americans. And we have a message for all Americans: We’ll get through this together," Hogan says in the ad.

Manchin adds: “It’s our duty to respect our democracy and work for America’s future."

Hogan has drawn national attention for his rare position of being a Republican governor in a state typically dominated by Democrats. In early results, Biden won about 63% of the votes in Maryland, compared to Trump’s nearly 35%.

Manchin, likewise, is in the minority in his state. He’s a Democrat, and West Virginia in early returns went for Trump with nearly 69% of the vote, according to The Associated Press. West Virginia also re-elected Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican who previously was a Democrat.

The video is also the latest visible effort by Hogan to burnish his reputation as a Republican not aligned with Trump’s wing of the party.

Hogan has published a political memoir, frequently called out Trump and gained attention for writing in the late President Ronald Reagan on his ballot this fall. He won’t say whether his political moves are designed with an eye toward the 2024 presidential election.

Hogan said in a Washington Post Live interview Wednesday that he thinks the majority of Americans want politicians to work together to fix problems “and not have such anger and division.”

Hogan criticized Trump’s middle-of-the-night speech as “outrageous and uncalled for and a terrible mistake.”

And he noted that he often says the president is his own worst enemy and “I think this was another example of it.”

He also touted the victories of other Republicans like him — “commonsense conservatives” — that he supported this fall.

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Among the Hogan-supported Republicans who won or were leading their races as of Wednesday afternoon: Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, U.S. Rep. John Katko of upstate New York, U.S. Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska and U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania.

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