Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on death of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: 'Today our Nation mourns the loss of one of the greatest Justices in history - Justice Antonin Scalia. A champion of our liberties and a stalwart defender of the Constitution, he will go down as one of the few Justices who single-handedly changed the course of legal history' - @tedcruz
Editor's note: Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore ends his GOP presidential bid after a poor performance in both New Hampshire and Iowa. In New Hampshire, he received only 133 votes. Gilmore was set to be the only remaining Republican candidate left out of CBS' debate on Saturday, Politico reports. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson and John Kasich all remain in the GOP race. - Stephanie
Editor's note: Sen. Ted Cruz had announced he would would stop all U.S. State Department nominees unless President Obama promised to block any U.N. resolutions approving the Iran nuclear deal, The New York Times reports. The deal was approved in July. On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had aided GOP presidential hopeful Cruz in blocking nominations, moved to confirm several nominees. The approvals include Azita Raji to be ambassador to Sweden, Samuel Heins to be an ambassador to Norway, Thomas A. Shannon Jr. to be undersecretary for political affairs and Brian Egan to be legal adviser. Norway did not have an ambassador for 869 days. - Stephanie
Editor's note: It's still unclear who will place third in the New Hampshire Republican primary. Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are in a close race for the No. 3 spot. Donald Trump is the projected winner and John Kasich is in second. - Stephanie
Editor's note: While NBC News projects that Donald Trump is the winner in New Hampshire's Republican primary, the second place winner remains unclear. Currently, according to NBC News, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are vying for the second spot. - Rebecca
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz (born December 22, 1970) is an American politician and the junior U.S. Senator from Texas. He is a Republican candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election.
Cruz attended elementary and high school in and around Houston, graduated from Princeton University in 1992, and then from Harvard Law School in 1995. Between 1999 and 2003, Cruz was the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an associate deputy attorney general at the United States Department of Justice, and domestic policy advisor to President George W. Bush on the 2000 George W. Bush presidential campaign. He served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008, appointed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. He was the first Hispanic, and the longest-serving solicitor general in Texas history. Cruz was also an adjunct professor of law from 2004 to 2009 at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation.
Cruz ran for the Senate seat vacated by fellow Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison, and in July 2012 defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst during the Republican primary runoff, 57%–43%. Cruz then defeated former state Representative Paul Sadler in the November 2012 general election, winning 56%–41%. He is the first Hispanic American to serve as a U.S. senator representing Texas, and is one of three Senators of Cuban descent. Cruz chairs the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Activities, and is also the chairman of the United States Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness. In November 2012, he was appointed vice-chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Cruz began campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination in March 2015. During the primary campaign, his base of support has been mainly among social conservatives, though he has had crossover appeal to other factions within his party. On February 1, 2016, Cruz became the first Hispanic to win the Iowa caucuses, coming out with 28% of the vote.