Why are the red and blue colors reversed? That was a scary map until I realized the switch.
Red is the color of socialism. They used to switch back and forth on the colors, it wasn’t until 2000 and Tim Russert the Republicans got stuck with Red, which is idiotic.
Red is usually the color of the incumbent.
In the old days they used to use blue for the Republicans and red for the Democrats. I’ve read that it was John Chancellor of NBC News who came up with the idea. See this example from NBC’s 1980 election coverage, which has the map all blue for Reagan:
Not really sure why they switched.
Leip probably made a lot of his maps back before the colors were reversed, and decided to keep using blue for GOP and red for Dems for his new maps.
Maybe it was because blue is a more calming color and they needed to get us all calm before they began hypnotizing their mind-numbed robots.