These 13 Democrats could be cut from the September debate stage

The second night of the second round of 2020 Democratic Presidential debates.
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Democrats' double feature debate days may be behind them.

With 20-something Democrats seeking to defeat President Trump in 2020, the Democratic National Committee has set donor and polling thresholds to limit the debates to two sets of 10 contenders. But with those minimums increasing for the third round of debates, just seven candidates look like they'll be on a single stage come September, The New York Times reports.

To appear in the Sept. 12-13 debates, candidates need to collect 130,000 individual donors and poll above two percent in four national or early-state polls. So far, just former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.); South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.); former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have made it.

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Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and entrepreneur Andrew Yang have both hit the individual donor threshold, and need just one more poll to make the stage. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, meanwhile, has the polls under her belt but needs about 10,000 more donors, per the Times.

Only three other candidates — billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper — have any qualifying polls that'll go toward a September debate showing. Steyer hadn't qualified in time for the past two debates.

That leaves former debaters Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.); Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; former Maryland Rep. John Delaney; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.); Washington Gov. Jay Inslee; Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan; and spiritual author Marianne Williamson all hoping for some donor and polling miracles.

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Kathryn Krawczyk

Kathryn is a graduate of Syracuse University, with degrees in magazine journalism and information technology, along with hours to earn another degree after working at SU's independent paper The Daily Orange. She's currently recovering from a horse addiction while living in New York City, and likes to share her extremely dry sense of humor on Twitter.