Smith just entered the county building to applause and hugs.
She was getting ready for a hair appointment when the call came from her campaign manager, Lani Frank.
"I just went, 'Oh my god!'," said Smith, a 56-year-old grandmother who owns a water-treatment business with her husband.
Minutes earlier, an unidentified man was stomping his feet in joy in the lobby.
Frank fielded congratulatory calls.
Levine did some last-minute strategizing on his cell phone.
And Smith, smiling, held her first official press conference.
"This is a win for the people of the district," Smith said, sounding very much like the politician.