Some 97 percent of all lawmakers in Washington now have Twitter accounts, but which feed do members of Congress follow more than any other on the booming social media outlet?
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The Hill was the most-followed media outlet and most-followed Twitter account overall, coming in ahead of Politico (61.2 percent), C-SPAN (61 percent) and Roll Call (59.9 percent.).
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerThe Trail 2016: The establishment comes around Pete King: Cruz 'gives Lucifer a bad name' White House: Boehner was just being honest about Cruz MORE (R-Ohio) is the first lawmaker on the list, with 59.7 percent of Capitol Hill following him.
The Hill is the top media outlet followed by both Republicans and Democrats in Washington.
Outside of the nonpartisan news outlets, Democrats and Republicans are predictably more likely to follow outlets that bend toward or are perceived to bend toward their respective politics.
For instance, The New York Times and NPR register in the top 10 for Democrats, but not Republicans, while Fox News and The Wall Street Journal are in the top 10 for Republicans, but not Democrats.
The disparity is even greater among outlets that profess to have political leanings. Twitter feeds for The Drudge Report and Red State websites make the top 10 for Republicans but don’t even register in the top 20 for Democrats, while The Huffington Post and ThinkProgress make the top 20 for Democrats, but not Republicans.
Republicans top the list of most followers for individual lawmakers, with Sen. John McCainJohn McCainOvernight Defense: House panel approves 0B defense bill McCain fundraiser faces felony drug charges in Arizona GOP senator blocks Obama Army nominee over Guantanamo MORE (R-Ariz.) trouncing the field, boasting more than 1.8 million followers.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerThe Trail 2016: The establishment comes around Pete King: Cruz 'gives Lucifer a bad name' White House: Boehner was just being honest about Cruz MORE (R-Ohio) comes in a distant second with 511,000, followed by Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSenate confirms Obama's long-stalled ambassador to Mexico Sanders is most popular senator, according to constituent poll Toomey: 'Outrageous' for Dems to tie me to Trump MORE (R-Fla.) at 421,000, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at 375,000, and Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanOvernight Finance: House rejects financial adviser rule; Obama rebukes Sanders on big banks Senate GOP hardening stance against emergency funding for Zika GOP warms to Trump MORE (R-Wis.) at 360,000.
Many lawmakers follow back any Twitter user who follows them, which may mean they don’t actively use their feeds to cull news from others.
Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenSenate passes resolution honoring Prince Senators aim to bolster active shooter training Minnesota senators praise Prince on Senate floor MORE (D-Minn.) follows the most accounts, registering at nearly 46,000, followed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) at 38,000, Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerCruz's dad: Trump 'would be worse than Hillary Clinton' With Ryan’s blessing, lawmakers press ahead with tax reform talks Big business will never appease the Left MORE (D-N.Y.) at 27,000, and Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzThe Trail 2016: Trump applies presidential polish, Cruz adds VP Chaffetz primary challenger files FEC complaint House passes bill limiting paid leave for feds under investigation MORE (R-Utah) at 22,000.