California Senate candidate gets buzz with ‘debate dab’

In this Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 photo, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange, right, does the "dab" at the conclusion of her debate with state Attorney General Kamala Harris in Los Angeles. The Orange County congresswoman capped the hour-long event with her fellow Democrat by mimicking a celebratory gesture popularized by NFL star Cam Newton. (Ed Crisostomo/The Orange County Register via AP)
In this Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 photo, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange, right, does the "dab" at the conclusion of her debate with state Attorney General Kamala Harris in Los Angeles. The Orange County congresswoman capped the hour-long event with her fellow Democrat by mimicking a celebratory gesture popularized by NFL star Cam Newton. (Ed Crisostomo/The Orange County Register via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rep. Loretta Sanchez has tried for months to generate buzz in her uphill U.S. Senate campaign against Attorney General Kamala Harris.

She finally did, but not for anything she said.

The Orange County congresswoman capped an hour-long debate with her fellow Democrat Wednesday by mimicking a celebratory gesture popularized by NFL star Cam Newton, known as “the dab.”

Standing behind a lectern, Sanchez suddenly thrust out her left arm, while tucking her head into the crook of right arm, then holding the pose briefly.

In this Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 photo, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange, right, does the "dab" at the conclusion of her debate with state Attorney General Kamala Harris, left, in Los Angeles. The Orange County congresswoman capped an hour-long debate with her fellow Democrat by mimicking a celebratory gesture popularized by NFL star Cam Newton. (Ed Crisostomo/The Orange County Register via AP)
In this Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 photo, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange, right, does the “dab” at the conclusion of her debate with state Attorney General Kamala Harris, left, in Los Angeles. (Ed Crisostomo/The Orange County Register via AP)

Harris initially looked puzzled, then a smile creased her face.

Harris noted with a chuckle, “There’s a clear difference between the candidates in this race.”

Video clips of the pose were circulating on social media Thursday.

Campaign spokesman Luis Vizcaino dubbed the gesture the “debate dab.”

 

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