By Jamie Klatell - 09/10/11 10:48 PM EDT
Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) says that despite increasing focus on other candidates for the Republican presidential nomination she is still a serious contender.
Asked by reporters in Iowa if she had fallen out of the top tier, which has been reduced to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Bachmann said to this point she's in the lead.
"What we're seeing on the ground is that there's only one candidate that's won anything in this race, and it's me," Bachmann said. "I was fortunate enough to win the straw poll here in Iowa."
Since winning the Ames Straw Poll in August, Bachmann's star has been eclipsed somewhat by the focus on Perry and Romney.
Perry jumped into the Republican field the weekend of the straw poll, and Romney did not compete in this year's Ames contest.
Bachmann campaigning in Ames during the Iowa-Iowa State football game.
The congresswoman took no sides in the intrastate rivalry. Her jersey was mad up of half Iowa colors and half Iowa State colors.
Asked which side she was rooting for, Bachmann said, "I love everybody, so I'm here for both -- the Hawkeyes and the Cyclones, I love 'em both."
The Iowa State Cyclones defeated their rivals, the Iowa Hawkeys, 44-41 in triple overtime.