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Paul Sancya, Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a Florida Republican primary night rally in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

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CELEBRATION, Fla. — Newt Gingrich says it's now clear it will be a two-person race for the GOP presidential nomination.

The former House speaker, who finished well behind Mitt Romney in Tuesday's GOP primary, says that the Florida primary shows he will be the best candidate to oppose Romney.

While Gingrich trailed well behind Romney, he also finished well ahead of former Sen. Rick Santorum and congressman Ron Paul.

Gingrich is continuing to label Romney a moderate and says he is the conservative alternative. He says he will compete with the former Massachusetts governor in every state until the nominating convention in Tampa.

Speaking in front of a podium sign that says "46 States to go," Gingrich says he will run a campaign for the people.