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With yet another Democrat entering the presidential race seemingly with each passing day, a reckoning lies ahead.

We're just over five weeks away from the first Democratic presidential primary debate, June 25-26 in Miami.

As of now there are (by most counts) 23 declared Democratic candidates, and a few others are said to be considering it, but only 20 will make it on stage.

That means a handful of candidates who most need the exposure of the national broadcast on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo won't get it.

And at the moment, at least one of Colorado's candidates — John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet — is on the bubble.

The Democratic National Committee says it will choose 10 qualifying candidates to appear on stage each of the two nights of the Miami debate.

To initially qualify under DNC rules, a candidate by June 13 will need to have at least 1% support in at least three qualifying polls, and/or show they have collected online donations from at least 65,000 individuals, with a minimum of 200 different donors in each of at least 20 states.

As both the New York Times and Politico figure it, neither Hickenlooper nor Bennet has met the number-of-donors target. Hickenlooper has (barely) met the threshold for 1% poll support, but not Bennet.

As of now, says Politico, 19 candidates — including Hickenlooper; not including Bennet — have met one or both criteria, including 11 who have met both.

Does that mean Hickenlooper is a lock to take part in the first debate? Maybe not, if more than 20 candidates wind up hitting the qualification targets.

As NBC News explains it, if there are more than 20 candidates who either have high enough poll numbers or enough donors to initially qualify, the DNC will give preference to candidates who reach both goals.

And if more than 20 candidates hit both targets, then preference will be given to candidates with the highest poll numbers.

So Hickenlooper conceivably could still get bumped unless he meets both the poll and donor goals. But as CPR News reports, the former Colorado governor's latest fining shows him with just 1,330 individual donors, and more than 200 donors in only one state, Colorado.

Stay tuned.

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