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Four of the eight most-retweeted accounts by Congress this past week favor the Republican side of the aisle. Those accounts include the GOP House and Senate handles, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and conservative media source Fox News. The only Democratic representative (pun intended!) on Congress’ most-retweeted list this week is Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.)

This is surprising because Democrats retweet on Twitter far more than Republicans. In fact, the left posted five times as many retweets this week than the right.

So why does the Spin Factor’s most-retweeted list so heavily favor Republicans? It appears that Republican lawmakers tend to retweet the same core conservative accounts, while Democrats diversify – or are more liberal in – the tweets they share.