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What Do Places With Highest Gas Prices Have in Common? They're Swing States

The states with the highest prices are poised to determine which party controls Congress.

A customer at a gas station in Las Vegas, Nevada, where pump prices are among the highest in the US.

A customer at a gas station in Las Vegas, Nevada, where pump prices are among the highest in the US.

Photographer: Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg
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US pump prices remain stubbornly high just three weeks away from the midterm elections, and the states where the pain is most acute include those poised to determine which party controls Congress.

Nevada and Arizona — swing states with competitive Senate races — are among those grappling with the highest gasoline prices in the country. More than 40% of competitive races rated by Cook Political Report are in states seeing the highest increases in pump prices compared with the 2020 election.