‘Shifting Into Reverse’: America Sees Uptick In Gas Prices Ahead Of The Midterms

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Kaitlin Housler Contributor
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The national average price for regular unleaded gas rose to $3.80 Monday, according to data compiled by the American Automobile Association (AAA).

Monday’s average price is four cents higher than it was one week ago when the national average was $3.76. It is also higher than it was one year ago when the price was $3.42, according to AAA. (RELATED: ‘What Would He Do?’ CNN Host Presses White House Spox On Biden’s Solution To Inflation)

Additionally, average diesel prices saw an increase from week-over-week and year-over-year. Monday’s average diesel price was $5.34, compared to its price of $5.31 last week and $3.64 last year.

“The oil market, like the stock market, hates negative headlines, no matter how speculative,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said in a statement.

Week-over-week, the states that saw the largest increase for regular unleaded gas include Indiana (+37 cents), Wisconsin (+31 cents), Michigan (+27 cents), Ohio (+21 cents), Illinois (+17 cents), Florida (+16 cents), Oregon (−13 cents), Kentucky (+12 cents), California (−11 cents) and Delaware (+10 cents).

The states that are currently seeing the lowest averages prices in the nation include Georgia ($3.12), Texas ($3.17), Mississippi ($3.20), Arkansas ($3.24), Louisiana ($3.26), Tennessee ($3.28), South Carolina ($3.28), Alabama ($3.30), North Carolina ($3.36) and Missouri ($3.36).

The White House has tried to downplay and deceive voters about the rising gas prices ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections.

While speaking in New York in October, President Joe Biden falsely claimed the most common price of gas was “over five dollars” when he took office. In contrast to Biden’s remarks, data from GasBuddy reports that the national average price of gas was $2.39 on Jan. 23, 2021, days after Biden took office.

Biden was also fact checked on Twitter Sunday after publishing a tweet claiming that the “most common price at gas stations across the country is $3.19 per gallon.” Biden was referring to “mode” gas prices, meaning the most frequent prices seen across the United States.

The tweet was accompanied by Twitter’s clarification of “common” gas prices. “Most common gas prices” – $3.19 – and “average gas prices” – $3.80 – were distinguished in the fact check.