BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport Republican mayoral candidate Enrique Torres called a news conference this morning to challenge claims that Democratic candidate Joe Ganim has growing support from Republicans. 

Torres says he is now urging independent-petitioning Democrat Mary Jane Foster to step down from the race.

Torres says Foster will likely split votes with him ensuring a Ganim victory.

Torres claims to have increasing support from Democrats and is now inviting voters from that party to consider voting for him.