The only senators voting against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s nomination to serve as secretary of state were David Vitter of Louisiana and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, both Republicans.
The vote came a day after an effort to confirm Clinton by unanimous consent failed.
But Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller said in a hallway interview that having a roll call vote was worth the wait because it provides hard evidence of Clinton’s widespread bipartisan support.
During the debate leading up the vote, several Republicans senators spoke in favor of Clinton’s nomination.
The most notable: former Republican presidential candidate John McCain of Arizona.
Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter told a story about how Clinton invited him for a visit to the second floor West Wing of the White House while she was first lady in order to discuss with him his brain surgery.
“In the Senate she has had an extraordinary record,’’ said the Pennsylvania Republican, noting he worked with her as cosponsors on legislation to establish a public service academy like West Point or Annapolis.