Santorum: Make it me against Romney

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“You’re not going to get everybody to love you,” he said. “Our focus is on the people of South Carolina. It’s not organizations that elect. It’s the people.”

The presence of multiple conservative candidates in the race could deliver another win for Mr. Romney, who sits atop the field in South Carolina at 37 percent, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Saturday. Mr. Santorum and Mr. Paul are tied for second at 16 percent. Mr. Gingrich came in at 12 percent, with Mr. Perry and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. rounding out the bottom with 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

Despite his calls for the conservative base to rally around one Romney alternative, Mr. Santorum stopped short of calling on Mr. Perry, Mr. Gingrich and others to drop out of the race.

“I’m not going to tell anybody to get in or out of the race. That’s their decision to make,” he said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Mr. Paul, who came in a close third in Iowa and second in New Hampshire, also has called on other candidates to quit the race.

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