oh, you KNOW that was on purpose.
I’ve heard, however, that they alternate the color of the incumbent party every couple of election cycles or some such thing. At least this matches the pattern.
Reagan was blue against Carter and Mondale. Bush 41 was Blue vs Clinton. Dole red vs Clinton. Bush red in 2000 & 2004. It’s time to switch again, I think....
Why are Republicans in blue and Democrats in red (while most other news organizations have the opposite)?
Elephants have a blue hue and donkeys have a red hue :) (Actually, as a visitor pointed out, elephants are actually gray - but they appear to look more blue than red :) Red and blue are chosen for the maps because they both are primary colors and because they both are incorporated in the flag. The choice of which party is represented by which color was somewhat arbitrary. I was perhaps influenced by maps that I had seen in the distant past (I still remember the solid blue field of Ronald Reagan's re-election in my hometown newspaper in 1984 - I was 14 at the time). Also, internationally, red typically represents parties on the left side of the political spectrum, i.e. the Democrats here in the U.S.
Actually I believe he's rewritten this and when first asked said that he refused to regenerate all of the maps to suit the whims of the media's recent shift.