Washington (CNN) - House Republicans are competing in a three-round new media competition, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, vice chair of the House Republican Conference, announced on Twitter Tuesday.
This week's round focuses on Twitter, with points up for grabs for adding new followers on the growing microblogging and social media service. "[Fifty-six] #GOP offices are in qualifying round. The top 32 will move into bracket-style tourney on Friday," Rodgers broadcasted on Twitter.
The 56 Twitter accounts competing in the initial round are a hodgepodge of individual Republicans and the Twitter feeds for select House GOP organizations.
A sampling incudes: Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois (who tweets a Biblical verse every day); Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois (known to tweet about the hit TV show "Lost"); Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, Reps. Bob Latta, Rob Wittman, and Buck McKeon, three leaders of the House GOP New Media Caucus; Tea Party movement favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann and the Twitter accounts for Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee and the Education and Labor Committee. (House GOP docs are also well represented with 9 of the 56 slots in the qualifying round going to House Republicans who are M.D.'s.)
The competition is styled after the NCAA "March Madness" championship tournament and will last six weeks, according to a statement given to CNN by a representative for Rodgers.