ANCHORAGE - Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller says he's cautiously optimistic about his prospects for winning on the eve of the absentee ballot count.
Election workers plan to begin tallying more than 30,000 absentee ballots Tuesday; the counting of write-in ballots will begin Wednesday.
Initial returns from last week's election showed Miller trailing write-ins by more than 13,000 votes. Sen. Lisa Murkowski ran as a write-in following her loss in the GOP primary to Miller. It's not clear how many of those votes are for her or how many for her were properly cast.
Murkowski has sounded confident, telling supporters they'd "made history." But Miller tells The Associated Press this is premature, and says her hiring of a "high-power" legal team suggests she's nervous.