Young Turks founder: Fifth Democratic debate could be 'last hurrah' for some 2020 Democrats

The founder and host of the left-leaning online show "The Young Turks" warned Wednesday that MSNBC’s Democratic debate could be the last chance for some 2020 contenders to gain momentum.

During an interview on Hill.TV, Cenk Uygur emphasized that the upcoming debate essentially narrows the field to four top-tier contenders: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Biden, Sanders tax plans would raise less revenue than claimed: studies MORE (D-Mass.), and most recently, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Overnight Defense: Trump downplays troops' concussion injuries in Iran attack | Dems offer case against Trump on day two of trial | UN links Saudis to hack of Bezos' phone MORE

“The other six — this is their last hurrah,” Uygur said, pointing to Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden leads Sanders by 7 in new national poll Sanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions MORE (D-Minn.) in particular. “They’ve got to do something, and I’m surprised some of them have hung on as long as they have.”

“But they’ve got to make a move right now; they’re totally out of time,” he added.

Uygur’s comments come ahead of the fifth Democratic debate in Atlanta.

Ten candidates will take the stage in Wednesday night’s MSNBC debate as part of the party’s 12 planned presidential primary debates.

For the first time in the election cycle, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will not make the debate stage.

O’Rourke ended his presidential campaign earlier this month after failing to gain momentum in the crowded primary field.

Castro, meanwhile, failed to qualify for Wednesday’s debate.  

For November’s debate, candidates had to reach at least 165,000 unique donors and register at least 3 percent in four qualifying polls or 5 percent in two early-state polls.

—Tess Bonn