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Army officer wins Miss USA

Associated Press Associated Press 6/06/2016

A 26-year-old army officer has been crowned the new Miss USA and gave perhaps the strongest answer of the night when asked about women in combat.

Deshauna Barber will go on to compete in the Miss Universe contest as the winner of Sunday's 2016 Miss USA competition held at the T-Mobile Arena off the Las Vegas Strip.

Barber said women are just as tough as men during the question-and-answer segment.

"As a commander of my unit, I'm powerful, I am dedicated ... Gender does not limit us in the United States," she said.

Coming in second was Miss Hawaii, who punted when asked if she would vote for likely presidential candidates Democrat Hillary Clinton or former pageant owner Donald Trump, a Republican.

Chelsea Hardin said gender doesn't matter when deciding the next commander in chief, but she said the new president should push for what's right for the country.

Miss Georgia, Emanii Jovan Davis, rounded out the top three finalists with her answer about educating youth when asked about recent policy measures that some say makes it harder to vote.

Miss California Nadia Grace Mejia, the fan favourite, stumbled when she answered an economic inequality question.

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