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Feb 6, 2016 9:21 AM

Trump returns as urgency grows for others at final GOP debate before NH primary

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER — With one primary contest over and another three days away, the Republican Party's leading presidential candidates will meet on the debate stage once again Saturday night — with a new sense of urgency.

The prime-time affair features a high-stakes power struggle at the top of the field and a fight for survival at the bottom. Seven candidates are scheduled to meet on the debate stage, and some won't be viable after New Hampshire's primary Tuesday.

For those teetering on the edge of relevancy — including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — Saturday night's faceoff in New Hampshire's largest city marks their last and best opportunity to rescue their White House ambitions.

The stakes are also high for Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman who enters the night in an unusual position. He finished in second place in Iowa's caucus Monday, and looks to reclaim his role as his party's undisputed front-runner. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio hope their strong performances in Iowa will quickly turn the 2016 primary contest into a three-man race.

Hear live debate coverage Saturday at 8 p.m. on 99.1 NH1 News or watch our report at 10 p.m. on WBIN-TV.

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