8-3-06 -- A federal appeals court today refused to let the Texas GOP replace ex-Congressman Tom DeLay on the November seventh ballot.
The embattled Republican from Sugar Land won the March primary,
then resigned in June and said he's moved to Virginia.
The Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a ruling by Federal Judge Sam Sparks of Austin.
Sparks had determined DeLay's name must stay on the ballot --even though he quit Congress. Democrats had challenged Republican Party plans to pick a replacement for DeLay on the ballot.
The Democratic nominee is former Congressman Nick Lampson.
DeLay still faces trial in Austin on money laundering and conspiracy charges related to corporate cash during 2002 legislative races.
He says he's innocent.