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Now a recording artist, Maryline Blackburn beat Sarah Palin in the 1984 Miss Alaska contest.  (File Associated Press)
Now a recording artist, Maryline Blackburn beat Sarah Palin in the 1984 Miss Alaska contest. (File Associated Press)

Georgia candidate once beat Palin

ATLANTA – A woman who was once a beauty pageant rival of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is running for a seat in the Georgia state House.

Maryline Blackburn, a Democrat, qualified Thursday for the House District 34 election in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna. She hopes to challenge incumbent Rep. Rich Golick, a Republican.

Blackburn won Miss Alaska in 1984, beating second runner-up Palin. Blackburn is a recording artist who has been nominated twice for a Grammy.

Georgia’s primary is July 20, and the general election is Nov. 2.


 

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