DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told CNN he thinks former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will take home a first place finish Saturday at the Ames, Iowa straw poll.
"He's outspent everybody else by about 35 to 1," said Gingrich. "He's got the organization, and I'll be very shocked if he doesn't come in first."
Gingrich made the comments while signing copies of his book at the Iowa State Fair.
When asked what could happen if Romney, the frontrunner in Iowa polls, doesn't come through with a big finish in Ames, Gingrich said, "I think if he doesn't, I think he's got a problem. You can't have 35 times as much money as your next competitor and not do well."
The Ames straw poll is an unofficial testing of the waters for Republican presidential candidates. However, national frontrunners such as former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, have said they will not officially participate in this poll.
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch