Update November 7, 2018: With 39% of precincts tallied, Weber and Baber maintain the lead with 27.43% and 25.94% respectively over McWhirter at 24.79% and Myers at 21.84%.
By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Dr. Akilah Weber and her sons at Democratic Party celebration downtown
November 6, 2018 (La Mesa) — One of the closest races in East County is unfolding in La Mesa, where incumbents Bill Baber and Guy McWhirter face tough challenges from physician Akilah Weber and retired Sheriff’s commander Dave Myers. Weber is currently in first place with 27.06% of the vote, narrowly leading over Baber at 26.22% and McWhirter at 25.03%, with Myers at 21.68%. But only five of 33 precincts have been counted as of midnight.
The offices are officially nonpartisan, but Weber and Myers are endorsed by Democrats while Baber and McWhirter are backed by Republicans. The “blue wave” that swept Democrats into control of the House of Representatives thus far appears to have split in La Mesa.