Magic Number of the Day: 60

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Tammy Collis drives to the Winchester, Virginia, Flying J Travel Plaza from her home in Inwood, West Virginia, because the prices for gas are about 10-15 cents per gallon less.

That’s how many consecutive days that the average price of gasoline has exceeded $3.50 per gallon, according to AAA.com. The price of gas reached $3.506 per gallon on Feb. 10, crossing the $3.50 threshold for the first time since September 2011. Gas was $3.922 per gallon on April 9.

Politicians pay more attention to energy issues when the price of gas is high or rising. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is airing a television ad in six states that defends his record on energy policy and attacks Republican front-runner Mitt Romney. A Republican group said yesterday it would begin airing an anti-Obama, energy-themed ad in the same six states starting today.

There are signs that gasoline prices may recede, which probably would benefit Obama.

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