Via The Hill:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) lost nearly 20,000 followers on Twitter this week after asking his supporters to help him get more followers.

On Monday, McCain tweeted that his account was only 74 followers away from 3 million, and asked his followers to “spread the word” to help him reach that number.

The effort backfired – shortly after 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, McCain had 2,982,352 followers.