Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert made a fresh appeal to voters on gasoline prices ahead of the midterm elections on Saturday, despite current data suggesting prices are generally falling.
With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, Republicans have largely seized on economic factors as the top campaign issues, with the cost of gas a prime target. Prices hit all-time highs earlier in the year, due to destabilizing global events like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Efforts by the Biden administration and Congress have seen prices fall continuously since then. However, GOP leaders and candidates continued to push things forward.
Boebert, who represents Colorado’s 3rd congressional district, took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon with a plea to voters, asking them to fill up on gas before voting midterm.
“Before you fill out your ballot, go fill up with gas,” the MP wrote. “Remember the Democrats are the reason you’re paying insane prices to fill your tank.”
According to AAA, the current national average for gas prices is around $3.76 per gallon. That’s a far cry from the average peak of around $5.10 in mid-June, according to YCharts. In addition to government action, AAA also attributed the decline to lower consumer demand. In addition to problems with Russia, gas prices have been known to spike in the summer as Americans travel more often.
Hours before Boebert’s tweet, Patrick De Haan, a top analyst for GasBuddy, shared his own tweet about national gas price trends. He noted that prices continue to fall in most parts of the country, with the exception of New England, where other factors are at play.
“The national average is 4.4 c/gal lower than a week ago at $3.74/gal, the most common price today is $3.29/gal, while the median is $3.57,” De Haan wrote. “#GasPrices drop across most of the country, but jump in the NE on weak supply.”
In response, a Twitter user asked if the average might drop below $3 a gallon before Election Day, to which De Haan replied “no.”
The national average hasn’t been below $3 since around May 2021, when COVID lockdowns began to lift and consumer demand for gas increased. Prices had already fallen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before that, the national average had hovered below $3 since the start of 2015, according to the EIA. Economist Paul Krugman, in a Twitter thread explaining why gas prices are generally not impacted by government policy, claimed the decline at that time was precipitated by the fracking boom.
Newsweek has contacted GasBuddy for comment.