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

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKamala Harris makes history — as a Westerner On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high McConnell: Time to restart coronavirus talks MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said she would be comfortable with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Connecticut in final presidential primary of year Vermont Rep. Peter Welch easily wins primary Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris 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 push Trump to restore full funding for National Guards responding to pandemic Bipartisan senators ask congressional leadership to extend census deadline Lawmakers of color urge Democratic leadership to protect underserved communities in coronavirus talks 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 John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district 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 BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along 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.