Stephanie Bowman and Peter Steinbrueck already won their Port races.

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Longtime Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton’s lead slipped slightly Wednesday in his bid for re-election against former import-business owner Ryan Calkins.

With the second round of ballots counted Wednesday, Creighton had 51.2 percent of the vote, down from 51.5 percent in the initial returns Tuesday night. A bit more than half of the total expected votes have been counted, and it could take up to three weeks for all ballots to be tabulated in the King County-wide race.

Thus far, Creighton has just under 144,000 votes, or about 6,500 more than Calkins. But Calkins, who ran largely to the left of Creighton and gained significant ground among late voters during the primary, is banking on another late surge.

The other two Port races have been decided: Commissioner Stephanie Bowman won re-election with 66 percent of the vote, while former Seattle council member Peter Steinbrueck captured an open seat with 62 percent.