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Santorum: Newt Might Be Done After Tuesday

He hopes it will be a 'two-man race' following the next primaries
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2012 5:33 PM CST

(Newser) – Rick Santorum is sounding pretty confident heading into tomorrow's contest in Kansas, followed by Alabama and Mississippi three days later. "Hopefully after this Tuesday, this will be a two-person race, and we can get down to business of deciding whether we want a conservative or a moderate to go up against Barack Obama," he tells Al Hunt of Bloomberg in an interview. (The link is to a video preview, but Politico has the key quotes.)

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Newt Gingrich "finished first in one state, his home, and finished third or fourth everywhere else, which has been a consistent pattern," says Santorum. "So we feel pretty good that it's now narrowing to a two-person race." Gingrich, naturally, is still sounding a defiant theme in his speeches, but the New York Times suggests that a "nostalgic" late-night dance with Callista signals that the end is near. If he does drop out, that leaves a three-man race, of course, but Slate notes that Santorum isn't worried about Ron Paul stealing his votes. Click for more. (Read more Rick Santorum 2012 stories.)

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