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Loretta Sanchez’s dab was for a 9-year-old dancer named Jamieson

U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris watches as fellow candidate Loretta Sanchez dabs at the end of her closing statement during a debate at Cal State Los Angeles on October 5, 2016.
U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris watches as fellow candidate Loretta Sanchez dabs at the end of her closing statement during a debate at Cal State Los Angeles on October 5, 2016. TNS

Loretta Sanchez’s surprise dab at Wednesday night’s U.S. Senate debate was the brainchild of a child.

There’s been much speculation about the inspiration for Sanchez’s nod to popular culture at the end of the hourlong clash with Kamala Harris. Sanchez told her hometown OC Weekly that the dab was dreamed up by her makeup artist’s 9-year-old daughter, Jamieson, who tagged along after finishing her dance class.

In an interview Friday, Denise Deacy, the makeup artist, told The Bee that Jamieson struck up a conversation with Sanchez while doing her homework at the congresswoman’s home. Jamieson, of Anaheim Hills, showed Sanchez the dab, and she replied, “‘I think I am going to use that at my debate,’” Deacy said.

There were some practice runs, she said. “Jamieson told her to bow her head a little bit more and to have her perfect it. And Loretta did it.”

Deacy said they bonded, suggesting the dab, popularized by rappers and NFL quarterback Cam Newton, helped bridge a generational divide.

“She was so nice to my daughter. She really was nurturing,” Deacy said. “It related a politician to the younger culture and it really bonded the two.”

Sanchez’s dab has generated mixed reviews. Sanchez strategist Luis Vizcaino said it spoke to Sanchez’s ability to connect with young people. A post on New York Magazine’s The Cut playfully accused Sanchez of going “too far” to win over millennial voters.

But how did Jamieson think she did?

Deacy, who plans to vote for Sanchez, said her daughter approved of the technique.

“She ended up definitely nailing it.”

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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