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Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, who is now attending Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., speaks to The Associated Press during an interview at the campus coffee shop, Aug. 13, 2013. To an outsider, the bikini-clad, Vegas-savvy Scanlan, mixing with fellow students at ultra-conservative Patrick Henry College, that caters to homeschoolers and regulates the private affairs of its students, may be a jarring contrast. But it’s proved a good fit for Scanlan. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, who is now attending Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., speaks to The Associated Press during an interview at the campus coffee shop, Aug. 13, 2013. To an outsider, the bikini-clad, Vegas-savvy Scanlan, mixing with fellow students at ultra-conservative Patrick Henry College, that caters to homeschoolers and regulates the private affairs of its students, may be a jarring contrast. But it’s proved a good fit for Scanlan. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROD LAMKEY JR./THE WASHINGTON TIMES Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan certainly isn't the only pageant contestant ever to have political aspirations. The Republican vice-presidential nominee in the last election, Sarah Palin, placed third in the preliminary Miss Alaska Pageant in 1984. So Miss Scanlon's appearance and vibrant personality could be campaigning assets.

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROD LAMKEY JR./THE WASHINGTON TIMES Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan certainly isn't the only pageant contestant ever to have political aspirations. The Republican vice-presidential nominee in the last election, Sarah Palin, placed third in the preliminary Miss Alaska Pageant in 1984.

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Miss Nebraska, Teresa Scanlan, left, followed by Miss Nevada Cris Crotz and Miss New Hampshire, Krystal Lee Muccioli walk in the "Show Us Your Shoes" parade as part of this week's Miss America festivities Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Teresa Scanlan, Miss Nebraska, reacts after being named Miss America 2011 during the Miss America pageant on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Miss Nebraska, Teresa Scanlan, left, followed by Miss Nevada Cris Crotz and Miss New Hampshire, Krystal Lee Muccioli walk in the "Show Us Your Shoes" parade as part of this week's Miss America festivities Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)