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Final votes to decide Sea-Tac minimum wage issue

SEATAC, Wash. — Remaining ballots will determine a measure that would raise the minimum wage to $15-an-hour for many workers in SeaTac, home of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Early returns showed the measure passing, but the lead has narrowed in King County vote counts.

The Yes vote is currently ahead by just 43 votes — 2,544 to 2,501.

Supporters say the higher minimum wage will help workers. Opponents say it will hurt businesses.

The minimum wage in Washington is $9.19 an hour, highest of any state.

The count for the latest batch of ballots will be released at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. More mail-in ballots may be counted up until election results are certified on Nov. 26.

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