Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiSpeaker’s office: No energy bill this year Passing US-Canada preclearance would improve security and economy Overnight Energy: Dakota pipeline standoff heats up MORE (R-Alaska) has surged to a lead of more than 10,000 votes in Alaska's Senate race against Tea Party-backed Joe Miller, making victory for the incumbent all but certain.
After state elections officials wrapped up counting of several thousand additional write-in ballots Tuesday, Murkowski's lead over Miller grew substantially.
The number of ballots challenged by Miller's legal team for either improper spelling of Murkowski's name or other irregularities currently stands at 8,153.
It means the incumbent's margin over Miller is more than the number of disputed ballots in the race. As the numbers stand now, even if Miller went ahead with his legal challenge and succeeded in getting all of those contested ballots thrown out, Murkowski would still come out on top.
It's the scenario the Miller campaign has previously said would lead it to fold their legal efforts and cede defeat to Murkowski, but official word from either campaign is unlikely to come before Wednesday when the counting of the remanning write-in ballots and several hundred absentees is expected to be complete.
State officials also announced Tuesday that they will provide the Miller campaign with the state's voter rolls to assuage the Republican's worry over vote fraud.
The Miller campaign has raised concerns over ballots that appear to be written in similar handwriting and questioned the security firm tasked with securing the counting process.
According to the AP, Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell (R) agreed Tuesday to turn over the rolls to Miller's camp before the end of this week.
Murkowski, who received a warm welcome from fellow senators on the chamber floor Monday, as well as congratulations from National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John CornynJohn CornynSenate Democrats dig in as shutdown approaches Overnight Energy: Fight over miners' benefits risks shutdown | Flint aid crosses finish line in House Overnight Finance: Senate Dems dig in as shutdown looms | Trump taps fast-food exec for Labor chief | Portland's new CEO tax MORE (Texas), said she expected no final news until the entire vote count was completed Wednesday.