MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS News) — It’s 5:30 p.m. on a Wednesday evening and The Sports Page, a bar just a block from the Google Mountain View campus, is filling up. On a perfect 60-degree evening, young tech professionals are milling around pitchers of beer on picnic tables to talk sports, speak in “technobabble,” and listen to Silicon Valley visitors pitch startup ideas.
Volleyball is played, darts are thrown. The bar owner half-jokingly declares one rule: no political talk allowed. But a handful of Google employees are willing to break it.READ MORE: Marin Water Officials May Lift Penalties For Too Much Usage After Wet Start To Rainy Season
“He is not only the most qualified candidate but I feel like what he stands for directly aligns with what I believe in,” says Sienna Cazares as she details the reasoning behind her support for Bernie Sanders. She is walking into the bar with two friends, coming from Google where she works. One of them is also a Sanders supporter, while the other is for Clinton.READ MORE: CHP Arrests Fencing Suspect, Recover Stolen Merchandise From Louis Vuitton Smash-And-Grab
“Bernie has a lot of good ideals but I think Hillary has actually power to actually win,” explains Nora Danning after she gives Cazares a look out of the corner of her eye. Danning, 25, also works on the Google campus. “[Clinton] actually has a chance and [Donald] Trump — it is starting to look like Trump may actually have a chance too and I really don’t want Trump.”
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The anti-Trump sentiment is in Silicon Valley is real — “well, you won’t hear any Trump supporters at Google” one employee quips — but so too is the pro-Bernie Sanders energy, particularly with younger voters.MORE NEWS: Man Arrested Following Weekend Bar Shooting In Belmont