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It's no secret that former Miss America Tara Dawn Holland and Rep. Jon Christensen, R-Neb., are more than just acquaintances.

When she turned over her tiara and ended her yearlong reign last month, Christensen sat with her family at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

Over the weekend, the former Miss Kansas made a flurry of appearances with Christensen in his home state of Nebraska, where the Republican is running for governor in 1998.

"Whenever I'm in town, I'm going to be supporting him as much as I can," the beauty queen said Friday.

The politician called their relationship "pretty serious," but was careful when asked whether, if he wins the election, the former Miss America might become Nebraska's next first lady.

"You know, I think a lot of her," the divorced lawmaker said. "I'm hopeful. We'll see what happens."

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