Situated in Oxford, Ohio, in the the Southwest part of the state, Miami University is smack in the middle of Republican territory. Surrounding Butler County voted for President Bush by about a 2 to 1 margin in the 2000 and 2004 elections.
(Dina Rudick / Globe Staff)
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