Some areas have inflation rates as high as 11.7% between February 2020-2022.
The Atlanta area saw a 11.7% change. The differences between the Tampa-area and Miami-areas were 11.8% and 10.2% respectively. The difference in Arizona's urban areas was 10.7%. The difference in West Coast cities, including Las Vegas, Nevada's battleground, was 8.4%. This is just below the U.S. average for national cities.
According to the Consumer Price Index, the average inflation rise in the U.S. cities was 8.2 percent during the same period. From January 2021 to Jan 2022, consumer prices increased by 7.5 percent.
In addition to rising inflation, the national average cost of one gallon of gas has increased by almost $1 in just one month.
The Democrats are not pleased with the rising prices in battleground regions. If the Republicans win five of the House seats, they will lose their majority.
Recent statements by Biden and other congressional Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have suggested that increased gas prices and inflation rates were caused by Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion in Ukraine. calling the phenomenon “Putin’s price rise”. This ignores the fact that prices are on the rise since March 2021, when Biden passed his $1.9 billion spending bill.
A spokesperson for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) claimed the Democrats are “fighting lower costs.”
Chris Hartline, spokesperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), criticized Democrats leadership for failing to take responsibility for inflation.