By Eli Yokley and Niels Lesniewski Posted at 12:08 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Roll Call

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will take a break from the presidential campaign trail Saturday morning to attend the funeral of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, the Republican’s campaign said late Thursday.

Cruz, who interacted with the high court both as a law clerk to then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist and as a former Texas solicitor general, had been scheduled to be in South Carolina on the day of its presidential primary election. 

“Justice Scalia was a lion of the law. He was someone I knew for 20 years. He was brilliant, principled. Like Ronald Reagan was to the presidency, so Justice Scalia was to the Supreme Court. And his passing leaves a huge void on that court,” Cruz said at a forum hosted by CNN Thursday night. … read more here