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Miss USA’s flub stirs NV residency debate

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Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA during the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA during the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A week ago, Nevada's Nia Sanchez was crowned Miss USA. However, there has been some controversy about her residency, and an interview on a New York radio show Monday morning didn't help.

Sanchez was seemingly at a loss when quizzed about Nevada's capital.

"Let's do a quiz. What's the capital of Nevada?" the radio host asked.

"Ugh. Oh. Oh my gosh," Sanchez replied.

"Carson City," the host said.

"Thank you. I was going to say that," Sanchez said. "That one host on MTV back in the day – Carson Daly – that guy."

The blunder is giving more ammunition to those who claim Sanchez is a carpetbagger. A source told Fox News that Sanchez only met the minimum requirements to represent our state in the pageant.

Sanchez, a former Disney princess, has competed for the Miss California crown three times.

Starting with the Little Miss Texas competition when she was 5, Katie Kelly has been competing in beauty pageants and teaching others how to do so for years.

Kelly viewed a clip of the interview with Sanchez on Monday.

"It doesn't look good. It's hard for me because I hate to say anything bad about anybody, but it doesn't look good," she said.

Although she doesn't believe Sanchez is one, Kelly said "crown chasers" are everywhere. They are women who will move from state to state in order to compete in pageants.

"When I competed, it was very disheartening when somebody who was very good wasn't from my state. I had worked so hard for years to get that far, and so it was very disheartening. I know a lot of other girls who have experienced that as well," Kelly said.

According to Fox News, its source said Sanchez never lived in Nevada, instead remaining in California and establishing a paper trail that made it appear she lived in the Silver State.

Sanchez told Fox News that she lived in Nevada for 18 months before winning the title.

"Las Vegas is my home. I have a house there with a friend," Sanchez said.

Sanchez did satisfy the requirement to represent our state. The minimum is six months of residency.

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