Feb 5, 2016 6:33 PM
MANCHESTER - Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has been excluded from the final debate heading into the first-in-the-nation N.H. Primary, and she calls the move an "insult" to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.
"I guess what they're saying is that votes don't count, delegates don't count, and they're also saying that the people of New Hampshire don't get to decide who they hear from in New Hampshire," Fiorina said. "This is a New Hampshire primary, but somehow executives in New York and Washington decided that New Hampshire should only hear from seven candidates not eight."
ABC News said Fiorina did not meet criteria because she didn't finish in the top three in Iowa, and that she did not poll in the top six nationally or in the Granite State.
"They're not dissing me," Fiorina said, "they're dissing the people of New Hampshire."
The debate stage includes Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
According to the latest NH1 News Poll of Polls, Fiorina, Carson and Christie are in the bottom three.
In a one-on-one interview with NH1 News, Fiorina said she expects to do well in the first-in-the-nation primary.
While other candidates will be preparing for the Saturday evening debate, Fiorina will continue speaking with Granite State voters.
She will hold a town hall at Maple Avenue Elementary School in Goffstown from 10-11 a.m.
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