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US Senate Hopeful Dabs on Her Opponent

'RIP Dabbing'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2016 5:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – "The dab is dead because it's been used by a politician during a US Senate debate," the San Francisco Chronicle eulogizes. "RIP dabbing. It was a good run." NPR explains: Loretta Sanchez, one of two Democrats competing for California's first open US Senate seat in 24 years, dabbed upon finishing her closing remarks during a debate Wednesday. For those who don't know, dabbing is a "dance that symbolizes victory," CNN reports. It came out of the Atlanta hip-hop scene and was popularized by NFLer Cam Newton. It then went "full mainstream" and "promptly became uncool" to the point that even Hillary Clinton has been filmed doing it, according to NPR. And if it wasn't already dead, "it certainly died last night, when Sanchez shoveled the last bit of dirt onto its freshly dug grave."

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Sanchez's campaign spokesperson later claimed her dabbing at the debate as an example of why she's polling better with millennials than her opponent, Kamala Harris. But Harris, the favorite in the election after being endorsed by President Obama, wasn't impressed. "So, there's a clear different between the candidates in this race," she responded during the debate. LAist translates: "That was ridic and I promise voters that I would never stoop to that kind of nonsense when elected." Huffington Post calls Harris' response "some grade-A shade." Elections in the year 2016, everybody. (Read more dabbing stories.)

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