Kristendalton-240 Kristen Dalton, a 22-year-old from Wilmington, N.C., was crowned 2009 Miss USA on Sunday night.

Dalton beat out Miss California USA Carrie Prejean for the title. Alicia-Monique Blanco, representing Arizona, was the second runner-up.

The contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were judged based on evening-wear and swimsuit modeling and their response to an interview question. Dalton was asked whether she thinks taxpayer money should be used to bail out struggling companies; she said no, preferring that the money go to things like education and health care.

Dalton will go on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant, which will take place the Bahamas in August.

Here’s video of Dalton’s crowning moment.

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