Boehner: GOP dominates on Twitter

House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure 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 John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure 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) SandersThe media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville Road to renewable energy is filled with potholes of ‘magic thinking’ Bernie Sanders: Trump’s Charlottesville comments ‘embarrassing’ 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 McCainBush biographer: Trump has moved the goalpost for civilized society White House to pressure McConnell on ObamaCare McCain: Trump needs to state difference between bigots and those fighting hate MORE (Ariz.), Reps. Eric CantorEric CantorEx-RNC spokesman: After Trump remarks how can I tell minorities to vote GOP Kelly’s challenge? Bringing stability to Trump White House Special interests hide behind vets on Independence Day MORE (Va.), Bob Latta (Ohio) and Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersDems look to Seattle for next special election win Charities push GOP for tax reform change Trump, GOP lawmakers struggle with messaging MORE (Wash.), Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) in eighth place, and Republican Reps. Kenny Marchant (Texas) and Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzCurtis wins GOP primary for House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Chaffetz named Harvard Institute of Politics fellow Fox's Chaffetz: Rosenstein has 'absolutely zero credibility' on going after leakers 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.