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Why no Miss America from Louisiana or Massachusetts?

A stop on the lighter side...

By Bill Dedman
Investigative reporter
msnbc.com

After 90 years, Nebraska finally has its first Miss America. Teresa Scanlan, 17, won the crown on Saturday evening.

But what about Louisiana, Massachusetts and the other states that have yet to have a winner. When will their turn come?

These 21 states and territories so far have no winners in the Miss America pageant: Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

States with the most winners: California, Ohio and Oklahoma, each with six.

Many of the states with no winners are among the least-populous states, but that alone doesn't explain the results. Oklahoma, with six winners, has only about half the population as Massachusetts, with none. Oklahomans have also won twice as often as Texans.

One could say that Alaska has an excuse: It didn't become a state until 1959. But Hawaii became a state in the same year, and has won twice. (More swimsuits there.)

Here's a ranking of states by the number of winners since 1921, compiled from the official list of winners:

Six winners: California, Ohio, Oklahoma.

Five winners: Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania.

Four winners: Mississippi.

Three winners: Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, Texas, Virginia.

Two winners: Arizona, Arkansas, District Of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah.

One winner: Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Wisconsin.

No winners: Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Why do you think some states dominate? Comments are welcome below. (Comments with a high tone, of course.)