Transcript for Miss Oregon contestant calls competition 'rigged'
We are back with our big board and that pageant queen showdown this morning. There's a battle brewing for miss Oregon. Newly crowned winner facing accusations she's not really from Oregon and a rival contestant asking for a new contest. They may all want world peace but things aren't very peaceful right now for miss Oregon, usa and one of her competitors. She's only had her crown for a few days but is requesting a redo saying miss Oregon is actually from California. It's the glamorous pageant known for its beauty and bikinis but this morning two of the ladies vying for a spot in the miss usa pageant are in the midst of a feud that would make Bette and Joan winds. Toneata Morgan was crowned over the weekend but Stephanie Matheson is crying foul saying she doesn't live in Oregon but is a California resident and cites this as proof. Morgan previously competed for miss California four times, most recently in December. I think the big question is how does someone compete in another state nine months ago, yet claim that they've been living in one state for over a year. Reporter: Residency controversies are nothing new in the pageant world. Women are known to move from pageant friendly states to improve their chances. In 2012 miss Oregon was forced to step down when she couldn't prove her residency. Morgan says she's been living in Oregon for a year with her grandparents. How are you able to come and compete in miss Oregon. That's a great question. Oregon is my home. I live with my grandma and I love Oregon. Reporter: And she reiterated to our affiliate she's been living there for over a year now. It is worth noting it was less than a year ago she competed for miss California. Yeah, we kind of got that. So what do pageant officials say. They say she has fully complied with all of the requirements. I quote here, they say the rule in question is proof of residency in which she provided the necessary documents to make her eligible for the state of Oregon. Their residency wrierment is six month, not a year. Question really about California? Well, I guess the question is should she be allowed to compete in Oregon if by the competitor's definition she's not actually from there and that depends how you define from. They say she followed the rules. Whenever you got to use air quotes. Tricky situation, even the competitor that's complaining she says she realizes officially she doesn't have grounds to stand on but she just doesn't think it's fair that people tend to do this in the pageant world. They jump around to less competitive states to try to win. That does happen. That does happen a lot.
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