The Newt Factor

by Robert Costa

Team Santorum wants a two-man race:

“We’re never going to call on anybody to get out, but what we are calling is on Tea Party supporters and conservatives is to rally behind the only candidate that has demonstrated over and over again that he’s the one who can compete against Mitt Romney,” [Santorum strategist John] Brabender said.

“The real key right now is, can we get an opportunity to get a one-on-one shot with Mitt Romney,” he said. “What we found is, Gingrich did a nice job in his home state, but I don’t even think he had a second place anywhere else … It’s time for conservatives to say ‘Look, we’re going to rally behind one candidate, Rick Santorum.”