From Miss America to Republican Congresswoman?

Meet political hopeful Erika Harold. 

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Erika Harold (Jacob Silberberg/Getty Images)

Erika Harold reportedly ran for Miss America (and won) in 2003 as a "dry run" for a political race. Now the Harvard Law School graduate, who has spoken at the Republican National Convention and who combined abstinence-only education with an anti-bullying message (she says she was "racially and sexually harassed" as a child) in her beauty-pageant platform, is expected to announce her candidacy for Congress in Illinois' 13th District. If she does, she'll face freshman U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville for the GOP nomination.

Here's Harold in 2012, discussing her work advocating for the First Amendment rights of religious organizations, and her passion for low taxes and limited government oversight.

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