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Palin Beauty Contest Rival to Run for Seat in Georgia Legislature

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Maryline BlackburnMaryline Blackburn, an R&B singer and actress who bested Sarah Palin in the Miss Alaska beauty contest in 1984, plans to run for the state legislature in Georgia as a Democrat.

Blackburn, Alaska's first African American representative in the Miss America contest, has lived in Georgia for 24 years -- long enough to challenge Republican incumbent Rich Golick for the Georgia House seat, according to Jim Galloway's Political Insider column on the Atlanta Journal Constitution website.

Blackburn, who resides in Smyrna, Ga., has said mostly positive things about Palin, who went on to become governor of Alaska and the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate. In the 1984 beauty contest, Palin played the flute and was named "Miss Congeniality."

Blackburn, who lived in Fairbanks at the time of the pageant, says she voted for Barack Obama in 2008 when her old rival was John McCain's running mate.

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