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Boehner: GOP dominates on Twitter

House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future MORE (R-Ohio) on Monday touted the fact that Republicans rank consistently higher than Democrats in their social media influence according to a new survey of members of Congress on Twitter.

According to Edelman’s research, Republicans outperformed — or, as BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future MORE put it, “dominated” — Democrats on all success metrics studied by the public relations firm.

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The survey ranked members of Congress tweeting from their official government accounts on a 16-point “influence” metric that includes engagement (number of replies by followers), popularity and trust. Republicans, who use Twitter more overall than Democrats, nearly swept the top 10 in multiple categories, ranking high in overall scores as well as individual categories.

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states After Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward MORE (I-Vt.) ranked at the top of the overall most influential list, followed by Boehner in second place. Republicans took eight of the top 10 spots on the list for most influence on Twitter. Other names on the list, starting from third place, include Reps. Darrel Issa (Calif.), Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Democrats put Dreamers and their party in danger by playing hardball Trump set a good defense budget, but here is how to make it better MORE (Ariz.), Reps. Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorFeehery: The governing party 'Release the memo' — let's stop pretending that Democrats are the defenders of the FBI Raúl Labrador, a model for Hispanic politicians reaching higher MORE (Va.), Bob Latta (Ohio) and Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersOvernight Health Care: GOP chair blasts DEA over opioid enforcement | House passes bill to ease ObamaCare calorie rule | Patient groups oppose 'right to try' drug bill Overnight Regulation: EPA sued over water rule delay | House passes bill to ease ObamaCare calorie rule | Regulators talk bitcoin | Patient groups oppose FDA 'right to try' bill House passes bill to ease menu labeling rules under ObamaCare MORE (Wash.), Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) in eighth place, and Republican Reps. Kenny Marchant (Texas) and Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzTrump, GOP at new crossroads on deficit Chaffetz: Spending vote means GOP 'lost every single bit of credibility' on debt Let’s not fail in our second chance to protect Bears Ears MORE (Utah).

Boehner also used the report to publicize the GOP’s Twitter hashtag, #HCRcostsjobs, meant for use this week as the Supreme Court weighs the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Sanders touted his spot on the list of influential tweeters over the weekend. Sanders ranked at the top for both most influence and highest engagement, according to the firm’s research. He posted a thank you to all his social media followers on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.