SEATTLE - SeaTac is center stage in a national push for a $15 minimum wage.

In election returns released Tuesday night, voters were approving the measure, 54 percent to 46 percent.

Residents of the city south of Seattle will finally having their say on Tuesday following a costly initiative campaign in which the two sides combined to spend $1.8 million -- enough money to hire every registered voter in the city for a day at $15 per hour.

The proposal would require a $15 minimum wage for many workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It follows a series of rallies in which fast food workers and others around the country called attention to their struggle to earn a living.

Groups outside of Washington state will be watching the results. National labor unions have contributed to support the effort while national business organizations have contributed in opposition.

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