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November 6, 2013 at 4:46 PM

SeaTac minimum-wage measure still ahead, but gap narrows

A $15-an-hour minimum wage for airport-related workers in SeaTac still appears too close to call.

SeaTac Proposition 1, which would raise the hourly wage floor to $15 and require paid sick leave for  hospitality and transportation workers, led with 53.2 percent after a second round of vote counting Wednesday.

The union-backed measure would take effect Jan. 1, covering roughly 6,300 workers at 72 airport-related businesses in SeaTac, including hotels, car-rental companies and parking lots.

With 3,697 votes counted, Proposition 1 led 53.2 percent to 46.8 percent  — a difference of 237 votes out of a total of 12,100 registered voters citywide.

That’s a slightly smaller lead than Proposition 1 had after the first returns Tuesday night, when it led 54 percent to 46 percent, or by 261 votes.

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