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Reaction to the death of Antonin Scalia

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Following the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, politicians and others reacted to the news online, with many weighing in on whether Scalia's successor should be appointed during President Obama's term.

President Obama

The White House released the following statement Saturday afternoon: "This afternoon the President was informed of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The President and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to Justice Scalia's family. We'll have additional reaction from the President later today."

Charlie Baker

"Lieutenant Governor Polito and I join the Scalia family and the nation in mourning the loss of a dedicated public servant and the first Italian-American to serve on the nation's highest court. The justice's intellect, wit and ability to get along with colleagues, despite philosophical differences, were respected by all."


Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement Saturday saying the now-vacant Supreme Court seat should not be filled until the next president's term.

Ted Cruz

Donald Trump

Marco Rubio

Harry Reid

Bernie Sanders

John Kasich

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.