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March Madness might be over for the NCAA, but it’s just getting started if you’re a Republican House member.  Yesterday, the House Republican Conference announced their “New Media Challenge.” The challenge is a six-week contest modeled after the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament. [sound familiar?]

Led by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), vice chair of the group, the competition calls on select members to expand their presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube ahead of this year’s tough 2010 midterm elections

The contest’s goal is to encourage members to engage their constituents, while demonstrating that the GOP is “ahead of the majority” on the Internet, McMorris Rodgers’ office told Hillicon Valley on Tuesday.

The list of tournament participants can be found here.

We look forward to some eye-popping tweets that are sure to come out of this tournament.