Juneau, Alaska (CNN) – For one side, the numbers in the write-in count here are encouraging. For the other, potentially daunting: nearly 98 percent for Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski – and 0.01 percent for GOP challenger Joe Miller.
Those are the current numbers in the dramatic write-in vote count in Alaska to decide the nation's last, undecided Senate race.
The state's Division of Elections released tallies for write-in ballots counted on Wednesday.
The tallies are unofficial - none of the results have been added to any candidate's actual vote result. Instead, these counted ballots were essentially "sorted" into various stacks.
Of the just over 92,000 write-in ballots to count thus far, Alaska's Division of Elections counted 19,203 on Wednesday.
17,134 of them – or 89.23 percent - were sorted into stacks as being clear, unambiguous votes for Murkowski.
1,629 – or 8.48 percent - of the write-in ballots were sorted as votes for Murkowski, but are being challenged, by the Miller campaign.
276 ballots have been sorted as not being counted for Murkowski, but that determination is being challenged.
Are any of the write-in ballots being sorted as a vote for Miller?
Yes – two of them, or 0.01 percent.
That's not entirely startling, since Miller's name was on the ballot as Alaska's GOP Senate nominee in the midterm election. His supporters didn't need to write in his name. Because Murkowski was running as a write-in candidate, her supporters were required to fill in an oval on the ballot and write out her name.
However, the numbers paint a stark picture of how high a hurdle Miller must cross in order to win the race. In the current, official vote result, he trails the number of write-in ballots by just over 11,000.
In one hypothetical scenario, if Murkowski continues to see 89 percent of the write-ins as clear votes for her, and even if all of the challenged ballots are thrown out, Murkowski could win the race.
Miller hopes its lawsuit, filed in federal court, will help it make up ground. The suit seeks to invalidate the counting of ballots where Murkowski's name is misspelled or doesn't exactly match what's on her official document declaring her write-in candidacy.
The Miller campaign had filed an injunction to stop the counting of those ballots. But a federal judge denied that request on Wednesday. The court will hear from all sides next week, however, keeping alive Miller's hopes of throwing out many challenged ballots.
Until a decision is made on that matter, Miller's campaign is crunching numbers to see how it can possibly win.
"Traditionally, you usually lose about…seven or eight percent when either as invalid or for a different candidate," Miller campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto told CNN.
"If the numbers were somewhere up there, seven, eight, maybe even 10 percent, you know, that would put us right in the ballpark."