Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Defense: Highlights from Defense pick's confirmation hearing | Esper spars with Warren over ethics | Sidesteps questions on Mattis vs. Trump | Trump says he won't sell F-35s to Turkey Epstein charges show Congress must act to protect children from abuse PBS premieres first nationally distributed kids' show with Native American lead MORE (R-Alaska) said Tuesday that she does not expect the state Supreme Court to rule this week in her opponent's challenge of the election results. 

The senator's camp had been hopeful that the race results would be certified this week, but she told The Associated Press that she now doubts a ruling will come down before Christmas. 

Murkowski launched an Independent write-in bid after Republican Joe Miller defeated her in the primary. The two ran in a highly contentious, nationally watched general-election race. 

The Alaska Senate race is the only one not yet decided from the 2010 midterms.

After suffering an apparent defeat, Miller filed a lawsuit challenging thousands of write-in ballots, arguing they should be thrown out because of misspellings or inaccuracies. 

Unofficial results show Miller trailing Murkowski by over 10,000 votes, and if ballots disputed by Miller are thrown out, that would only narrow Murkowski's lead to a bit more than 2,000 votes.

Should the state court rule against Miller, he would have 48 hours to file a federal lawsuit if he wants to pursue the challenge further.

Murkowski has already declared victory in the race.