ATLANTA, Ga. - Rick Santorum is making a bold new prediction, claiming that the race for the GOP nomination is now down to two contenders.

"Just about every race right now it's Governor Romney and me; one and two," Santorum said at campaign rally here.

"We're going to do well in every state. First or second, every state," he declared.

The numbers in Newt Gingrich's home state of Georgia, where Santorum was campaigning, don't support the former senator's hunch.

According to a Real Clear Politics average of the latest polls, the former speaker leads Santorum 34% to 25%. Mitt Romney is at 21.5%.

Confronted by reporters with these figures, Santorum insisted Gingrich simply isn't viable.

"You gotta be able to win in states that aren't your home base," Santorum said. "You gotta be able to go out and prove that you are electable other than in your own backyard."

Fox News was reaching out to the Gingrich campaign for comment at the time of this posting.