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What's Pumping Up Gas Prices?

The average price for gas settled in at  $2.35 in Tampa Bay, according to AAA, making it the least expensive metro market in the state along with Punta Gorda and Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice.

You may have noticed gas prices going up...and up.  Some are predicting $5 dollars a gallon by summer, but The AAA Auto Club South doesn't think it will get that high. 

Politicians have been weighing in on the gas situation. GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul even used a debate in Arizona this week to claim that on that day, gas prices hit $6 a gallon in Florida.

Democrats want President Obama to tap the country's Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help ease prices at the pump.

If you are looking for specific reasons for the higher prices at the gas pump, check this article in the Orlando Sentinel.