I have some surprising news for my friends in the other 57 states of this nation, many of whom might have given up on the Golden State.

It appears that Californians are preparing to vote using the 2016 template, by voting out veteran politicians in favor of someone shiny and new.

Interestingly, this now means that a Republican candidate is in striking distance of the state’s highest office.

Two of California’s best-known Democrats are slipping in the polls as the calendar advances closer to Election Day.

In fact, both Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein have only single-digit leads over their opponents, the results show.

In the race for governor, a Probolsky Research poll, conducted between Aug. 29-Sept. 2, shows Newsom leading Republican businessman John Cox by a mere 5 points, with 17 percent of respondents undecided, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The poll’s internals are even more fascinating, as Cox is doing nearly as well as Newsom among a traditional Democratic constituency.

[T]he poll found that Newsom and Cox are virtually tied among Hispanic voters, a group the Democratic Party usually carries by a pretty healthy margin.

Newsom leads Cox just 35 percent to 34 percent among Hispanics, with an additional 31 percent undecided.

Additionally, the Republican base seems a bit more enthusiastic about turning out to vote than may have been anticipated.

Additionally, Feinstein’s Chinese spy problem may be helping de Leon among Republican voters.

Also interesting is the fact that de León is doing better with Republicans than Feinstein, despite the fact that de León is advertising himself as the “progressive alternative” to the longtime Senator.

De León enjoys a 31 percent to 26 percent lead over Feinstein among Republican voters, but 43 percent of conservatives said they were undecided.

One of the reasons for the rise in the gubernatorial candidate’s numbers is that he is running a California First campaign.

The results for Cox are particularly impressive for this state, especially since I am only now seeing campaign ads.

Watching the Trump Rally in Billings, Montana, this week, I was struck by the fact our President slammed Newsom.

When discussing the Democratic party, Trump mentioned Newsom’s controversial proposal to have California pay for universal health care for state’s undocumented immigrant population.

“How about the governor, governorship of California,” Trump said in an attempt to refer to Newsom. “He just announced that he wants to open borders, and he wants to let anybody come in that wants to. And then he wants to pay for all medical, all school.”

Trump then predicted that California would swell to the size of 500 million people.

“What happens, I said, if the entire world decides to go to California because they get free health care, free medical care and free education,” the president said. “California has just increased in size to 500 million people.”

Newsom responded, in beta-male style:

Maybe Trump will have a rally for Cox in California? I sure hope so. At this point, it appears the only presidential figure who is scheduled to be here for mid-term campaigning is Obama.

One last thought: I will not be voting for Feinstein, especially after she invited an activist into the Kavanaugh hearings who then staged an incident with the intent to smear the SCOTUS nominee. At this point, I am thinking to write my name in!