Candidate in California Senate race dancing on debate stage goes to show importance of youth vote
After U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez wrapped up the California Senate debate against state Attorney General Kamala Harris Wednesday with a popular dance move, many took to social media to announce the death of it.
The clip of the unexpected dance move, also known as "the dab," recently went viral on social media, topping trends lists in California and across the U.S.
But many didn't enjoy what they saw, taking to social media to describe the move as cringeworthy and awkward.
About 10 seconds past her time limit, and as the moderator interjected to tell her to wrap up, Sanchez, who represents California's 46th district, concluded with a "dab" that was captured and recognized by NBC LA reporter Adrian Arambulo on Twitter.
Harris, standing next to Sanchez, looked on as the latter dabbed. With a smirk on her face, Harris commented: "So, there's a clear difference between the candidates in this race."
The "dab" is a dance move that was "popularized by Atlanta rap group Migos in their 2015 single Look at My Dab, and has since become a dance that symbolizes victory," according to CNN.
But after Sanchez did it, social media ruled that it has become officially dead. Her attempt at wooing young voters has backfired. California's millennials, among whom the dab is most popular, expressed their support for Harris.
With two Democrats, the California Senate race is making history, as Republicans have been left out of the general election match-up for the first time, thanks to the state's "jungle" primary system.
The debate was sponsored by the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA, KABC-7 TV and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. Find the full version of the debate below. The viral part starts at 55 minutes and 30 seconds.