Sen. Roland Burris's bid to get the Supreme Court to stop the Illinois special Senate election failed Monday when it refused to hear the Democrat's appeal of a federal court ruling that kept his name off the ballot.
Burris had tried to halt the special election for President Obama's old Senate seat, set for Nov. 2, the same day as the general election.
The special election will decide who serves out the final two months of Obama's unexpired Senate term. According to the earlier ruling, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias's name will appear on the special election ballot along with Republican Mark Kirk's as they won their party's Senate nominations.
Burris's only hope now lies in the normal appeals process, according to the Associated Press.
A spokesman for Burris did not respond to a request for comment.
--Updated at 7:45 p.m.