Miss USA Nia Sanchez Can't Remember the Capital of Her Home State Nevada (VIDEO)

Miss NevadaWhoops. The newly crowned Miss USA Nia Sanchez had a major gaffe Monday morning during an interview for a morning radio show. The former Miss Nevada was on The Todd Show June 16 when she was quizzed about the name of her home state capital.

She totally bombed, awkwardly flustering through her apparent lapse in memory. "Oh, um, ah, oh my gosh," the beauty queen stammered, and before she had a chance to embarrass herself further, the host provided the answer.

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Upon being reminded that the capital of Nevada is Carson City, she exclaimed, "Thank you, I was going to say that! I was like, that one DJ host on MTV, back in the day, his name, that's how I always remembered it ... Carson Daly, that guy!"

Hey, it could've been worse. At least she didn't say Las Vegas.

Of course this did nothing to quell the rumors that Miss Nevada was not actually a resident of the state when she competed for the title. Sanchez has previously competed for the Miss California crown in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and a source recently claimed that she had never actually moved to the Silver State but continued to work at Disney and live in California.

The insider claimed she set up "some minimum paper trail to appear like she was in Nevada and allow her to compete."

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Sanchez told Fox that there was "no truth" to that rumor. "[Las Vegas] is my home. I have a house there with a friend," she said on June 12. "I actually had an agent that was working [with me] in Nevada a lot so I figured why not work in that state, and then I looked into the pageant program because I had done pageants before."

Hmmm ... I'm inclined to believe her mostly because I have no reason not to. Besides, California and Nevada are neighbors, and having been a California resident, she probably still has strong ties.

But really, she should know the capital of the state she calls home. And it's hard to blame nerves on this one -- the woman had to strut her stuff on stage in a bikini. Nothing more nerve wracking than that.

Do you know the capital of your home state?

 

Image via Nia Sanchez/Twitter

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