In an interview Friday with Bloomberg TV's Political Capital with Al Hunt, former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) estimated that the tradewinds of the Republican Party are beginning to blow in his favor, and could even knock a couple of his opponents right out of the race in a matter of days.


"This weekend we have Kansas, and we feel like we're going to have a huge win there," he said. "And, in fact, I think the polling is so good that both Governor Romney and Newt Gingrich have decided not to campaign there. That's a good sign."

Santorum added: "And so with that wind coming up on Saturday going into Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday, we think we're going to have a little wind at our back. And our feeling is, we finish first or second here, that's exactly what we hope to do. And 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."

The longtime Republican added that Gingrich's poor showing in most of the state primaries up to this point has effectively narrowed it to a two-man race already. He barely even mentioned former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who's acquired less than half of the delegates that Gingrich has.

Neither Gingrich nor Paul have indicated that they intend to drop out. Santorum currently trails Romney by a large and growing margin, earning so far only about one-third of the delegates held by the odds-on frontrunner.

Watch this video from Bloomberg TV, uploaded March. 9, 2012.

David Edwards contributed to this report.