Washington (CNN) – It's been nearly 17 weeks since Alaska's Republican Senate primary and nearly seven weeks since Election Day. Could the end finally be in sight in the nation's last, undecided Senate race between Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Republican challenger Joe Miller? Ask one side and the answer appears to be: yes.
Murkowski's campaign said that the state could certify the incumbent Republican as the winner within days.
"I'm confident that, in the worst case scenario, this goes into next week," Murkowski Campaign Manager Kevin Sweeney told CNN, referring to Alaska's certification of the senator as the winner.
According to Sweeney, it's also possible – though not probable – that Murkowski will be certified later this week.
Sweeney laid out an assumed timeline: the Alaska Supreme Court, currently mulling over Miller's legal challenge, could rule in Murkowski's favor on Monday. Then, after a few more days of legal maneuvers from the involved parties, a federal judge could lift his ban on the certification of Murkowski as the winner. That judge has not allowed any certification until Miller's challenges have gone through Alaska's courts.
"Once the state certifies the election, she can be sworn in," Sweeney said of Murkowski – referring to the January 5 swearing in for members of Congress.
But that may have to wait until more legal hurdles are cleared. Having lost arguments in a lower court, Miller hopes the state's highest court will rule in his favor.
Murkowski ran as a write-in candidate in the general election after losing her party's primary to Miller.
Miller wants any ballots credited for Murkowski that did not spell her name precisely to be thrown out. Miller's lawyers argue that the Alaska Division of Elections' evaluation of a "voter's intent" - in counting misspelled or incomplete ballots - is against state law. Miller lost those arguments in the lower state court.
Miller currently trails Murkowski by a 10,000-plus vote margin, according to the unofficial results from the Division of Elections. Murkowski has claimed victory.
But even if all the challenged ballots are thrown out – an unlikely scenario to many observers – Miller would still trail the senator by just over 2,100 votes.
Referring to Friday's oral arguments, Miller said in a statement released that day, "The tenor of the Court's questions shows that it believes we have raised substantial legal questions."
"All we are asking the Court is to apply the plain text of Alaska law as written," Miller continued.
If this decision does not turn out in its favor, Miller's campaign has told CNN it's considering taking the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.