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Pelosi says she'd be comfortable with Sanders at top of ticket

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food Andrew Yang condemns attacks against Asian Americans Congress in lockdown: Will we just 'get used to it'? MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said she would be comfortable with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Senate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Democrats break COVID-19 impasse with deal on jobless benefits MORE (I-Vt.) as the Democratic presidential nominee in November.

The congresswoman was asked the question as she was leaving a closed-door meeting in the House basement Wednesday morning.

She replied with one word: "Yes."

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Other congressional Democrats have balked at the idea of Sanders, a longtime independent and self-proclaimed democratic socialist, being the party's nominee in the general election.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday also suggested that he would be comfortable with the Vermont senator as his party's nominee. 

"Look, the bottom line is very simple," Schumer said Tuesday when asked about Sanders's praise of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's literacy program.

"We have a lot of strong nominees. ... I'm not supporting one over the other, but I think every one of them will beat President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE," he said.

Sanders has surged to front-runner status after virtually tying for first in Iowa and winning New Hampshire and Nevada outright.

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The Vermont Independent has also cut into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE's once-sizable lead in South Carolina, which is seen as a bellwether primary state with its large African American population.

In the latest NBC News-Marist poll, Biden held a 27 percent-23 percent lead over Sanders in South Carolina.

Biden's candidacy could see new momentum after receiving the significant endorsement of House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Wednesday morning. Clyburn is the highest-ranking black congressional lawmaker and Biden has held a firm lead on support from black voters. Nearly a third of South Carolina's population is black.