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Watch a candidate for U.S. Senate dab during a televised debate

U.S. Senate candidate and California Attorney General Kamala Harris watches as her opponent Rep. Loretta Sanchez dabs at the end of her closing statement during their one and only debate at California State University, Los Angeles.

U.S. Senate candidate and California Attorney General Kamala Harris watches as her opponent Rep. Loretta Sanchez dabs at the end of her closing statement during their one and only debate at California State University, Los Angeles.

(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Times

The moderator in Wednesday’s debate between California’s candidates for U.S. Senate had a no-nonsense approach to time limits, but when it came time for Rep. Loretta Sanchez to wrap up her closing, it took him a good 10 seconds before he could quiet her enough to move on to Attorney General Kamala Harris.

After being uncomfortably interrupted by the moderator several times, Sanchez finally stopped, pausing to strike a pose as Harris looked on.

What happened next was at first a mystery. (Skip to 55:25 in the above video or click here to see the full exchange)

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For viewers at home, the camera showed just a reaction from Harris, who bit her lip and looked to the audience, eyes wide.

Laughing, Harris says, “So, there’s a clear difference between the candidates in this race.” (Somewhat ironically, both women are Democrats as a result of California’s “top two” primary system)

But a photo captured by Los Angeles Times photographer Rick Loomis showed Sanchez in a pose resembling “the dab,” a dance move created by rap group Migos and popularized by NFL star Cam Newton.

Hakim Ziyech, left, celebrates by dabbing with Ajax teammate Bertrand Traore after scoring against FC Utrecht in Amsterdam on Oct 2, 2016.

Hakim Ziyech, left, celebrates by dabbing with Ajax teammate Bertrand Traore after scoring against FC Utrecht in Amsterdam on Oct 2, 2016.

(Olaf Kraak / EPA)

Those in the room were left to wonder what exactly the pose meant, Loomis said, but it did not seem to be a curtsy or a bow.

Then, this Twitter video surfaced: It does appear that Sanchez, in fact, “dabbed.”

A campaign spokesman for Sanchez at first declined to comment.

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After this post was first published on the website of the Times, Sanchez spokesman Luis Vizcaino had his say, tweeting “And this is why Millennials support @Loretta2016 for Senate. PPIC poll: Loretta 38,@KamalaHarris 24. Boom!”

Politics, amirite folks!?


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