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@GOP Has Twitter Addiction

Twitter may have conquered the hearts and minds of Congress, but in the battle to tweet profusely, Republicans lead Democrats by a wide margin. According to a report by the Congressional Research Service, congressional Republicans on Twitter outnumber Democrats, 101 to 57. Among actual tweets the discrepancy is even larger: during two weeklong periods surveyed in July and August, Republicans posted 932 messages to the Democrats' 255, Politico reports. Republicans are also more popular. The median republican Senator and Congress member had 4,186 and 1,615 followers respectively, while their Democratic counterparts logged medians of 2,874 and 969 followers. It's not all a bed of roses, though. Republican House members, including Rep. Joe Barton (Texas) were called out for using Twitter during Obama's February address to Congress. The Republicans audience may also be lacking, as research suggests that most Twitter users are "affluent urban professionals" who lean left.