SAN DIEGO -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest active judge on the nation's highest court, died Saturday morning at age 79.
He leaves behind a court with four justices appointed by Democrats, and four appointed by Republicans.
His death will likely spark a fierce battle by President Barack Obama and the Republican-held U.S. Senate to appoint a justice before the president's term expires in January.
And the sparks are already flying. California Gov. Jerry Brown is among those who took to social media on Saturday -- firing off at Senate Majority Leader Mitch O'Connell on Facebook.