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Ayotte Goes To Bat for Fiorina, Excluded from GOP Primary Debate

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is calling for ABC News to include Carly Fiorina in the last GOP Presidential debate before the New Hampshire Primary. Fiorina is the only remaining GOP candidate to be excluded from the debate, which takes place Saturday.

Ayotte has not endorsed a candidate for President, but wrote in a statement “ABC News' decision to exclude her from Saturday's debate on the eve of our primary, while she is outperforming one of the other debate participants in New Hampshire polls, undermines our role in the primary process, and I urge ABC to allow Ms. Fiorina to participate.”

ABC’s criteria “includes the top three finishers in the Iowa caucuses, as well as any candidate polling within the top six in averages of recent New Hampshire or national polls,” according to The Hill.

Fiorina herself is circulating a petition asking the Republican National Committee and ABC News to include her in the debate.

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