For the third time this week, Senate Republicans have fallen short of the sixty votes needed to end stalling tactics on judicial nominations by Senate Democrats.
Thursday's vote affected Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor from the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Pryor only got 53 votes in the Senate, which is split with 51 Republicans, 48 Democrats and one independent senator. The only Democrats to vote for him were Zell Miller of Georgia and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
Democrats claim Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, rushed Pryor's confirmation vote before they could finish an investigation into his fundraising activities for a GOP attorneys general group.
Democrats also have blocked Texas judge Priscilla Owen and District of Columbia lawyer Miguel Estrada from being confirmed this week.