Republican Joe Miller has netted just 318 votes so far in Tuesday's count of absentee ballots in Alaska's Senate race, according to a tally from the Anchorage Daily News.
The real action begins Wednesday when the sorting and counting of some 83,000 write-in ballots gets under way.
On Tuesday, the state division of elections released details of the process by which it will sort and count the write-in votes.
State elections officials will begin by sorting ballots into a number of different categories, including unquestioned write-in ballots that have the correct spelling of Murkowski's name, and ballots on which "the name written appears to be a variation or misspelling of Murkowski."
Those ballots will then be "reviewed to determine voter intent," the stage of the process that could devolve into a messy legal challenge.
The write-in category currently leads Miller's vote total by 7 percent, which translates into a lead of some 13,000 votes over Miller.
If the Republican nominee has any chance of defeating Murkowski, his legal team will have to find a way to invalidate a sizable portion of those write-in ballots.