Sarah Palin's Beauty Queen Rival Enters Politics Woman who won Miss Alaska title is running in Georgia By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Apr 28, 2010 3:35 PM CDT 31 comments Comments Maryline Blackburn, Sarah Palin's former beauty queen rival. (http://www.marylineblackburn.com) (Newser) – The woman who deprived Sarah Palin of the Miss Alaska title (she had to settle for Miss Congeniality) is entering the political arena. Maryline Blackburn, now a resident of Georgia and a singer and actress to boot, is mounting a bid for the state House of Representatives, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Blackburn bested Palin in 1984, becoming the first African-American to snag the title. She's a Democrat, and, yes, she voted for Obama.