While talking to reporters following a town hall meeting aboard the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina on Tuesday presidential candidate Rick Santorum argued that even if Mitt Romney wins the "First in the South" primary, the race is far from over.

Mr. Santorum points out that the extremely close vote count in the Iowa Caucuses is still being verified and he may well end up winning the contest, and couples that with the fact that, "over half the people who voted in [the New Hampshire primary] election weren't Republicans, and the other half... don't necessarily reflect the broad Republican party in the country."

During a Fox News interview with Megyn Kelly later in the afternoon Santorum continued his effort to hammer the point home saying the idea that Romney's razor thin victory in Iowa and a win in New Hampshire, where he has a home, somehow add up to a presidential mandate is "silly."

"This nomination's not going to be decided in two or three states, it's going to be decided over the course of the long process, I understand why Mitt Romney wants this thing to be over soon, it's not going to be," said Santorum.

Jake Gibson is a producer working at the Fox News Washington bureau who covers politics, law enforcement and intelligence issues.