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Rick Santorum Plots Way To Force Newt Gingrich Out Of Primary

03/08/2012 12:06 pm ET | Updated Mar 08, 2012

Rick Santorum delivered a confident message to Mississippi voters on Wednesday, plotting a course to win the state and force rival Newt Gingrich out of the race, before continuing on to the White House.

"Mississippi is going to show how inevitable the inevitable is. We're going to take Mississippi," Santorum said to a Jackson, Miss. crowd.

In another speech in Tupelo, Miss., he predicted that a win would narrow the GOP field. "If you deliver a victory for us on Tuesday, you will make this a two-person race," Santorum said. "And once it's a two-person race, the conservative will be the nominee. You can change it all, Mississippi."

Later, he took that conjecture further, telling a cheering audience, "If we nominate a conservative to the presidency of the United States, we will win this election in the fall."

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