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Santorum: Republican contest is shrinking to a 'two-man race'

Rick Santorum suggested that the Republican presidential field is shrinking to just two candidates.

Santorum's comments come as he and his supporters increasingly suggest that the former Pennsylvania senator would benefit from Newt Gingrich dropping out.

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"So we feel pretty good that it's now narrowing to a two-person race," Santorum said in an interview with Bloomberg TV set to air Friday. "We've been competitive."

Earlier this week a pro-Santorum super-PAC, the Red, White and Blue Fund, called outright for Gingrich to drop out of the race and endorse Santorum. Although Santorum's campaign has not directly called for Gingrich to drop out, Santorum's top adviser, John Brabender, said that Gingrich is siphoning votes away from Santorum. Brabender also said that Santorum's campaign would benefit from Gingrich's support.

The Red, White and Blue Fund also recently announced a buy of at least $500,000 in Mississippi and Alabama for television ads attacking Gingrich and Mitt Romney on their stances on healthcare. The ads also highlight Santorum's economic plan.

Gingrich has called Alabama and Mississippi, which hold their contests on Tuesday, priority contests for him.

In the same Bloomberg interview Santorum said he hoped to finish in both states either by winning or coming in a close second.

"And our feeling is, we finish first or second here, that's exactly what we hope to do," Santorum said. "And hopefully after this Tuesday, this will be a two-person race, and we can get down to he business of deciding whether we want a conservative or a moderate to go up against Barack Obama."