Red States and Blue States


Red states and blue states refer to those states of the United States whose residents predominantly vote for the Republican Party or Democratic Party presidential candidates.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

Red is the color at the longer-wavelengths end of the spectrum of visible light next to orange, at the opposite end from violet.

Blue is the colour between violet and green on the optical spectrum of visible light.

Why red means Republican and blue means Democrat by Vox


Since 2000, use of the term has been expanded to differentiate between states being perceived as liberal and those perceived as conservative.

Obama DNC speech (We are the UNITED states of America) by joellaangenent


Most states contain both liberal and conservative voters and only appear redblue terminology was popularized in 2000.


The choice of colors reverses a long-standing convention of political colors whereby red symbols are associated with left-wing politics, and right-wing movements often choose blue as a contrasting color.

Left-wing politics supports social equality and egalitarianism, often in opposition to social hierarchy and social inequality.

Political colours are colours used to represent a political party, either officially or unofficially.


Indeed, until the 1980s, Republicans were often represented by blue and Democrats by red.


The current terminology of "red states" and "blue states" came into use in the United States presidential election of 2000 on an episode of the Today show on October 30, 2000.


According to The Washington Post, the terms were coined by journalist Tim Russert, during his televised coverage of the 2000 presidential election.

Timothy John "Tim" Russert was an American television journalist and lawyer who appeared for more than 16 years as the longest-serving moderator of NBC's Meet the Press.


That was not the first election during which the news media used colored maps to depict voter preferences in the various states, but it was the first time a standard color scheme took hold; the colors were often reversed or different colors used before the 2000 election.

The news media or news industry are those elements of the mass media that focus on delivering news to the general public or a target public.

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