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Blue state is a pop culture term for a state within the United States of America that has shown support for the Democratic presidential candidates in recent elections. Geographically, blue states are in the northeastern, north central, and west coastal regions of the continental United States. The state of Hawaii is also included as a blue state. Ever since the coverage of elections on television, it has been common practice to use red, white (or gray), and blue to represent which party/candidate was expected—or projected—to win the electoral votes from that state. Red would be assigned to one candidate, and blue to another. However, it was not until the George Bush/Al Gore election of 2000 when blue became the de facto color of the Democrats and red, the Republicans. It so happened that in that year, the Democrats had been assigned blue and the Republicans had been assigned red. However, because of the way the election dragged on for weeks before a final decision, these colors became permanently associated with their respective parties. This is in contrast to the coloring conventions in most countries, where red is usually used to represent the more socialist party and blue with conservatism (via the aristocracy).