The final tally was 58 senators supporting the measure, and 41 opposing. Because our Senate is often ridiculous, 41 trumps 58.
What's more, note that this was only a vote on the motion to proceed. In other words, opponents didn't just disagree with the proposal, they filibustered a measure that would have let the Senate debate the idea.
And what did those opponents have in common? Looking at the roll call, every Republican in the chamber voted to kill the Paycheck Fairness Act, while every Democratic except one supported it. The lone exception was, of course, Ben Nelson.
In a statement issued by President Obama on the blocking of the Paycheck Fairness Act, he said:
This makes me wonder why any women vote Republican. According to data collected by Edison Research for the National Election Pool, based on questionnaires completed by 17,504 voters leaving 268 polling places around the nation on Election Day 2010 and 1,601 telephone interviews with absentee and early voters, 51% of women voters voted Republican. I don't get it. This is like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders. - BD