Reporter: Valerie Cavazos
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - More than 800 people showed up to not only enjoy the music, but also get a chance to see Gabrielle Giffords at a Get Out and Vote Concert and Rally at the Rialto Theatre. And for the former congresswoman, Saturday's appearance and Tuesday's election mark the end of a chapter in her life.
Tucson mayor Jonathan Rothschild first took the stage to put this CD8 race into perspective. "The entire country is watching this race for Gabby's seat -- the difference between a Ron Barber and a Jesse Kelly," said Rothschild.
The mixed style of music moved the upbeat crowd, while the Barber camp recruited more volunteers for the final days of campaigning. Barber's campaign manager, Jennifer Cox, summed up the day. "So today, you knocked on 4,664 doors and made 21,773 phone calls," she said.
And then the moment the crowd was waiting for. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly hold hands as they walk on stage to a cheering crowd. "It's always great to come back to Tucson," said Kelly.
Once again, Kelly spoke on behalf of the congresswoman -- first about her decision to resign from Congress to focus on her rehabilitation. "It was a very difficult decision. You know she worked incredibly hard to first be elected to Congress and then to serve. It was her lifelong dream, but she knew that at that point it made sense for her to step down," said Kelly.
And then Kelly told the crowd the significance of the next few days leading up to Tuesday's election. "This is a little about closure. This closure on Gabby's career in Congress. It wasn't when she resigned in January. I really truly believe that this is this coming Tuesday," said Kelly.
The Get Out and Vote Concert and Rally came to a close with a few words from the former congresswoman, "Thank you for your support. Thank you very much."