How to Watch Saturday's Republican Presidential Debate in New Hampshire

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks during a campaign rally in Bow, New Hampshire, on February 3. The highest-polling GOP candidates will face off in their final debate before the New Hampshire primary on Saturday night. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Saturday's prime-time Republican presidential debate is the party's eighth overall event and the final one before New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary in three days.

The event will take place at St. Anselm's College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Viewers who prefer to watch the debate on television can tune in nationally to ABC Television Network at 8:15 p.m. ET. Those wishing to stream the debate can go to

The debate, co-hosted by ABC News, WMUR-TV and the Independent Journal Review, comes just days after the Iowa caucuses, the first nominating event of the election process. There, Texas Senator Ted Cruz pulled ahead of Donald Trump, the nationwide front-runner, with 28 percent support. Trump garnered slightly more than 24 percent and Florida Senator Marco Rubio was third with 23 percent.

The focus now is on New Hampshire, where on Tuesday voters will cast their ballots. Some of the candidates' campaigns have deemed the event a do-or-die situation in the election process. In the Granite State, independents represent about 44 percent of the voters, which is more than either the Republicans or the Democrats. The event will be followed by the primary in South Carolina and the caucuses in Nevada later this month.

Seven of the nine GOP candidates qualified for the debate under ABC's regulations. Trump will take center stage, surrounded by Cruz, Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Unlike other GOP debates, ABC eliminated the so-called undercard event, where the low-polling candidates have been facing off earlier in the evening, before the others took the main stage. Carly Fiorina is the only main candidate who won't be included. Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, who qualified for the undercard debate only twice since August, also didn't make the cut. Fiorina demanded a spot on stage in a letter she sent to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

In order to qualify for the debate, candidates had to place among the top three contenders ranked according to the popular vote in the Iowa Republican caucuses, among the top six candidates in an average of New Hampshire Republican presidential polls or among the top six candidates in an average of national Republican polls recognized by ABC. Both of the latter two requirements were for polls conducted between January 1 and February 4.

Since Iowa, three Republican candidates have left the race: former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who endorsed Rubio. Nine candidates remain in the race, down from the original Republican field of 17 presidential hopefuls.

ABC's David Muir and Martha Raddatz will moderate. WMUR Political Director Josh McElveen and conservative journalist and blogger Mary Katharine Ham will join Muir and Raddatz. WMUR is an ABC-affiliated TV station in Manchester.

Trump boycotted the most recent debate, on January 28, citing an ongoing feud with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Instead, he held a rival fundraising event, a decision he later said might have cost him the win in Iowa. Earlier, Paul skipped the January 14 undercard debate because he didn't qualify for the main stage.

On the Democratic side, the two remaining candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, most recently faced off Thursday in their last debate before the New Hampshire primary. The heated contest marked the first time the two contenders went head-to-head in a debate, following the decision by former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to leave the race amid a poor showing at the Iowa caucuses.