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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

November 15, 2013 at 4:44 PM

SeaTac Prop 1’s lead tightens to 49 votes

A voter initiative to establish a $15-an-hour minimum wage for airport-related workers in SeaTac still leads after eight days of vote counting, but the election remains too close to call.

SeaTac Proposition 1 led Friday by 49 votes, down from a 53-vote lead Thursday.

Only 88 additional ballots were counted Friday.

Proposition 1 leads with a total of 2,879 votes, or 50.43 percent to 49.57 percent.

The Nov. 5 ballot measure would create a $15-an-hour minimum wage for an estimated 6,300 hospitality and transportation workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It also guarantees annual increases tied to inflation, paid sick leave and tip protection.

Both supporters and opponents of Prop 1 say a recount is all but certain. While exact figures are unavailable, the number of ballots still to be counted now appears to be fewer than 300.

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