Originally Posted by Chip R
Not trying to get this off track since it's kinda on the same subject but when did the Republicans become "Red" and the Democrats "Blue"? I always thought it was the other way around. I just finished reading a political novel by Jeff Greenfield and he had in there that the Republican states were noted by the color blue and the Democratic ones by Red. So I don't think I'm crazy but I'm confused as to when this switch took place.
I can recall in the 1980 election NBC commentators were referring to the "blue lake" as NBC's election board depicted Republican Reagan winning 44 states, all colored blue, while Democrat Carter had six red states. I know that by 2000 all the TV networks were coloring GOP states red and Dem states blue, but I'm not sure when the colors were switched.