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VIDEO: Gabrielle Giffords Earns Cheers at Hillary's Get Out the Vote Event

By  Ben Fractenberg and Julia Bottles | April 18, 2016 2:22pm 

 Hillary Clinton spoke at the Midtown Hilton Hotel the day before the New York primary, April 18, 2016. 
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MIDTOWN — Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made an emotional entrance during a Hillary Clinton rally in Midtown the day before the New York primary. 

Giffords — who has become a staunch gun control advocate since surviving a 2011 assassination attempt in which six people were killed — walked slowly to the podium to loud applause after taking the stage with Clinton and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the New York Hilton Midtown at 1335 Ave. of the Americans on Monday. 

Supporters also touted the former secretary of state's work to support women including closing the gender wage gap, which has been a theme of other campaign stops in New York City.

First lady of New York Chirlane McCray reiterated the importance of women to turn out to vote.

Outside of the event, Sharon Muna, 59, said that she's been selling buttons in a show of support for the candidate.

"It's a way to raise money for the campaign," she said.

After a sometimes contentious debate in Brooklyn last Thursday, Clinton and Sanders have both stepped up their campaigning in the city.

Clinton visited the Snug Harbor Cultural Center Sunday and told voters that she would seek to unify the country and work with Republicans if she was elected.

Sanders held a colorful rally in Prospect Park the same day, which was attended by nearly 30,000 people.

Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane WIlliams endorsed Sanders during the event and indie rock favorites Grizzly Bear played.