A whittled-down field of Republican presidential candidates will take the stage to debate for the seventh time Saturday in Manchester, New Hampshire, ahead of the state's primary next week. The event could help decide the state's primary vote, scheduled for Tuesday.
The debate among the remaining nine GOP contenders, to be held at St. Anselm College, will be hosted by ABC News and IJ Review. Saturday's offering will be the first among the GOP debates that will not feature an earlier, undercard debate for the lower-polling candidates. There were three ways to make it on stage: finishing in the top three in Iowa, placing in the top six in national polls, and placing in the top six of New Hampshire polls.
The top candidates expected at the event are Iowa caucus winner and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, businessman Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio finished a closer-than-expected third behind Trump, and a feud has broken out between Cruz and the New York real estate mogul over the results.
Leading up to Saturday's debate, Trump held a significant lead in the New Hampshire polls, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls. Toward the end of the week, Trump was sitting at 32.8 percent support in the state, then Rubio at 11.8 percent, Cruz at 11.3 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 11 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 9.3 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 6.3 percent.
Trump also led going into the Iowa vote, however, so Saturday's debate could play a key role in the New Hampshire primary and may give other candidates a shot at winning. The debate is expected to be moderated by "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir and ABC Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, who served as moderators for the third Democratic debate.
The debate is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET. For a live stream, click here to go to ABC News' site to watch programming online.