A ballot measure to create a $15-an-hour minimum wage for airport-related workers in SeaTac fell to a razor-thin lead of 19 votes Wednesday afternoon.
An additional 156 ballots from SeaTac were counted Wednesday. The measure’s opponents captured 90 votes, giving them 2,730 votes in all.
Supporters of SeaTac Proposition 1 gained 66 votes, for a total of 2,749. That leaves them barely ahead with 50.17 percent to 49.83 percent.
An estimated 250 to 350 ballots still must be counted, with final results certified on Nov. 26.
Both sides say a recount is all but certain.
Although state law does not provide an automatic recount for local ballot measures, a campaign can pay to have one done.
SeaTac Proposition 1 creates a $15-an-hour minimum wage for roughly 6,300 hospitality and transportation workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It also guarantees annual inflation adjustments, paid sick leave and tip protection.