Louisiana congressman takes GOP new media prize

Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) was announced the winner of the House Republicans' new media competition on Wednesday. 

Fleming's victory marks the culmination of a six-week tournament-style contest among 56 members to see which member could amass the most YouTube subscribers, Twitter followers and Facebook friends. 

For his victory, Fleming won an iPhone. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), won a flip cam for his second-place finish and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) took home some steak knives for his third-place spot, "to symbolize the need for House Republicans to stay on the 'cutting edge' of new media."

Republicans did not announce Fleming's totals, but on the whole "members gained a total of over 30,000 new Facebook fans, over 11,000 new Twitter followers, and over 1,100 new YouTube subscribers," according to a GOP press release. 

The Republicans' contest concluded just as the House Democrats "Member Online All-Star" competition is heating up. Republicans have more members active on new media sites, but Democrats are taking serious steps to close the gap. 

Cross-posted from the Twitter Room