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The average gas price across the country is close to $5, and drivers in California pay a whopping $6.40

Gasoline prices set another new record Thursday, averaging $4.97 a gallon, while those in California are dishing out $6.40 at the pump.

Average gasoline prices are up 26 cents last week and $1.91 from a year ago, according to the AAA Gas Price Indexand now they’re on track to top $5 a gallon by the end of this week.

California remains the most expensive state for gasoline by a wide margin, with gas station prices in the Golden State now averaging $6.40 a gallon, and the cost to fill up an average car tops out at $94.

A total of 20 states, as well as Washington DC, are now averaging more than $5 a gallon, with more expected to join their ranks in the coming days as supply fails to keep pace with demand.

Average gas prices are up 26 cents last week and $1.91 from a year ago, according to the AAA Gas Price Index.

Average gas prices are up 26 cents last week and $1.91 from a year ago, according to the AAA Gas Price Index.

Gasoline prices set another new record Thursday, averaging $4.97 a gallon.

Gasoline prices set another new record Thursday, averaging $4.97 a gallon.

Utah became one of the last states to break the $5-per-gallon mark on Thursday, with a gas station in Salt Lake City charging $5.13 for regular (above)

Utah became one of the last states to break the $5-per-gallon mark on Thursday, with a gas station in Salt Lake City charging $5.13 for regular (above)

On Thursday, the states that exceeded the $5 per gallon average were: Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Arizona, Michigan, Alaska, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah Hawaii, Nevada and California.

Georgia maintained the cheapest gasoline in the country at $4.40 per gallon, which was nevertheless an all-time record for the Peach State.

grilled by ABC George Stephanopoulos on Sunday as to why the release of America’s strategic oil reserves hasn’t helped curb rising prices, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg insisted prices would come down eventually.

“I don’t think it’s correct to say it hasn’t made any difference at all,” Buttigieg said. “This is an action that helped stabilize world oil prices.”

Rising gasoline prices and high inflation for other basic goods have emerged as key issues for President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.

Gas prices have now more than doubled since Biden took office in January 2020, when the national average was $2.39.

a recent ABC News/Ipsos Poll found that 83 percent of Americans say the economy is an extremely or very important issue in determining how they will vote in November.

Rising gasoline prices and high inflation for other basic goods have emerged as key issues for President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.

Rising gasoline prices and high inflation for other basic goods have emerged as key issues for President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.

A new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows 83 percent of Americans say the economy is an extremely or very important issue in determining how they will vote in the 2022 midterm elections — and a vast majority disapprove of Biden's handling of the election. economic recovery, inflation and gasoline prices

A new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows 83 percent of Americans say the economy is an extremely or very important issue in determining how they will vote in the 2022 midterms, with a strong majority disapproving of Biden’s handling of the election. economic recovery, inflation and gasoline prices

When it comes to economic issues, Biden scores worst on gas prices, with 72 percent of voters disapproving of his handling of the issue.

Only 27 percent of Americans approve of how Biden is handling gas prices.

The administration continues to call rising gas prices ‘Putin’s price gouging’ and blames the conflict in Eastern Europe.

Last week, Biden touted strong job growth and an unemployment rate near the six-decade low reached before the pandemic as indicators that the economy is in a “position of strength.”

“And there’s no denying that high prices, particularly around gas and food, are a real problem for people,” Biden said in remarks Friday.

‘But there are many reasons for the American people to feel confident that we will meet these challenges. Because of the tremendous progress we’ve made in the economy, Americans can face inflation from a position of strength,” he added.

Republican critics blame Biden’s domestic energy policies for declining oil production and say his administration is waging a “war on American energy.”

“Joe Biden’s war on American energy has forced families across the country to empty their wallets to fill their tanks,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement over the weekend.

“Unfortunately, Biden is doubling down on his disastrous agenda because he’s not paying the price, it’s the American people.”

A bus passes a Chevron gas station where the regular gas price per gallon is $7.85 in Los Angeles on Monday.

A bus passes a Chevron gas station where the regular gas price per gallon is $7.85 in Los Angeles on Monday.

Members of the National Brown Beret Party protest high gas prices Saturday at a Chevron gas station in downtown Los Angeles.

Members of the National Brown Beret Party protest high gas prices Saturday at a Chevron gas station in downtown Los Angeles.

Prices at the pump are largely determined by the price of crude oil, which has remained high since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in late February.

On Tuesday, US benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude was trading around $118 a barrel, after hitting a three-month high of $120.99 on Monday.

For every $10 increase in the price of oil, a gallon of gasoline goes up about 20 cents.

Higher gasoline prices also accounted for 18 percent of the 8.3 percent inflation facing the nation, according to Labor Department data.

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