Not reading states from custom list

In my app I have a custom list of all 50 states. Each state has there abbreviation as their value, Alabama = AL. But no matter what state I put in the flow thinks that I have yet to pick a state from this list. It’s not reaching the MATCHES_REGEX node it keeps going down from the NOT(IS_EMPTY) node. So my issue is that my flow keeps thinking that the state is empty even when the state is selected.

Hi Zack, where/how do you define the value of pageVars.State?