The battle between Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Tea Party candidate Joe Miller has entered the courtroom.
More than a month after votes were cast in the Alaska Senate race, no winner has officially been declared. Murkowski, the incumbent who ran as a write-in candidate, claimed victory on Nov. 17 after it was revealed by the Division of Elections that she led Miller by more than 10,000 votes.
However, CNN reports that a Federal court is not allowing the votes to be certified until a state court decides on Miller's legal challenge. His lawyers claim that ballots that have Murkowski's name misspelled should be thrown out because evaluating a "voter's intent" is against state law.
Miller, the Republican who defeated Murkowski in the GOP primary in August, is also hoping for a hand recount of all ballots. Randy DeSoto, Miller's campaign spokesman, told the news provider that this case could eventually land in front of the United States Supreme Court if state courts do not side with Miller.
Kevin Sweeney, Murkowski's campaign manager, told the news source that her camp is confident that the judge will rule that counting misspelled ballots is lawful.
According to The Washington Post, Miller has reported raising more than $241,000 since the midterm elections. It is not specified how much of that money will be used to cover his campaign's legal fees.