[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/09/05/palin.profile/art.dentist.cnn.jpg caption="Dr. Curt Menard, Gov. Sarah Palin's family friend and childhood dentist, looks over her high school yearbook."]
WASILLA, Alaska (CNN) - It was the night before Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was to accept the Republican vice presidential nomination in a nationally televised speech, and Becky Moore couldn't sleep a wink.
She paced around her room and prayed before sending Palin an e-mail wishing her good luck.
"I was so nervous for her," said Moore, a dietitian who lives in Palin's hometown of Wasilla. "I felt like she was my relative, like she was about to prove herself to the country."
As much as Moore was hoping for the best, there was a part of her that didn't want to share her governor and former mayor with the lower 48, a term Alaskans use to refer to their distant countrymen with a mix of playfulness and disdain.
"No matter what happens, we win. If she becomes vice president, the rest of the country will see what a great leader she is. If she loses, we get her back," Moore said.
The night after Palin's speech, Moore and friends from her book club gathered at Wasilla's Pandemonium bookstore to discuss the Jeffrey Eugenides novel "Middlesex."