ROCHESTER, N.H. — With a narrower Republican presidential field, there's no longer a need for any "undercard" debates.

But ABC News announced Thursday that one of the remaining GOP hopefuls will still be left off the stage Saturday in the party's final debate before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary: Carly Fiorina.

The announcement was expected, but some prominent Republicans and Fiorina objected.

"I'm a more viable candidate than some of the guys on that stage," she said Thursday.

Those invited were Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. John Kasich. The debate begins at 7 p.m.

Carson cuts campaign staff, doesn't signal end to campaign

CONCORD, N.H. — Ben Carson, whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination has struggled to keep pace with rivals, began cutting more than 50 staff positions Thursday as part of an overhaul and downsizing of his entire campaign, insiders said. Still, Carson said Thursday that he expected to continue his presidential campaign until "Cleveland," an apparent reference to the Republican National Convention this summer.

He told Fox News that he had planned on paring his campaign after a review a few months ago found irregularities and inefficiencies.— World-Herald press services

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