Sen. Thad Cochran was certified by the Republican Party as nominee for the U.S. Senate on Monday, although the decision faces a likely challenge.

Neshoba County's complete and certified returns for the June 24 runoff show Cochran with 1,918 votes, or 54.24 percent, defeating challenger Chris McDaniel with 1,618 votes, or 45.75 percent.

The June 24 runoff saw an almost across the board increase in voter participation. Neshoba County voters delivered Cochran 400 more votes and McDaniel 275 more votes.

Nearly 22.4 percent of the county's 16,425 registered voters cast ballots on June 24. This number was up 1.5 percent from the June 3 primary. That included 148 Republican absentee ballots and five Democrat absentee ballots.

Neshoba County Election Commissioner Harold Richardson said the number of absentee ballots was up from the first primary, which saw about 120 voting early.

Of 27 precincts, all except the Hope precinct saw an increase in voting for the runoff. Northeast and Southeast Philadelphia precincts saw the largest increase of around 100 more voters.

Hope had a slight decrease of eight votes compared to the June 3 primary.

For the June 3 primary, Cochran won 17 of 27 precincts, including all four Philadelphia precincts. McDaniel took eight precincts and the two tied in the Arlington and Tucker District 3 precincts.

McDaniel was able pick up two more precincts bringing his total to 10 precincts. He was also able to beat Cochran in Tucker District 3, which tied in June 3, by two votes, but lost Center by six votes.

The six-term senator won the other June 3 tied precinct, Arlington, by four votes, but lost two precincts, Burnside and Neshoba, to his challenger in the runoff.

For the state, Cochran defeated McDaniel by nearly 7,700 votes. The incumbent had 194,932 votes, or 51 percent, and McDaniel who had 187,265 votes, or 49 percent.

Sen. Cochran will face Democratic nominee Travis Childers in the Nov. 4 general election for a seventh term in office.The Democratic runoff saw a decline of nearly 100 votes in county compared to the June 3 election. Five precincts did not have anyone to vote in the Democratic runoff.

Despite not winning the state, Dennis Quinn tallied 168 votes, or 52.01 percent, compared to Doug Magee's 155 votes, or 47.98 percent, in complete and certified returns for Neshoba County.

Statewide, Magee, who had 4,925 votes, or 52 percent, beat Quinn who had 4,462 votes, or 48 percent. Magee will face incumbent Gregg Harper in November.

Below is the precinct by precinct breakdown of the Republican runoff with June 3 total votes in parenthesis:

Arlington

• Cochran 65 (53)

• McDaniel 61(53)

Bogue Chitto

• Cochran 23 (10)

• McDaniel 4 (4)

Burnside

• Cochran 30 (27)

• McDaniel 33 (26)

Center

• Cochran 50 (44)

• McDaniel 44 (45)

County Line

• Cochran 57 (53)

• McDaniel 79 (68)

Deemer

• Cochran 42 (32)

• McDaniel 36 (22)

Dixon

• Cochran 67 (51)

• McDaniel 71 (58)

East Neshoba

• Cochran 17 (14)

• McDaniel 18 (15)

Fairview

• Cochran 33 (23)

• McDaniel 23 (22)

Forestdale

• Cochran 70 (59)

• McDaniel 46 (40)

Fork

• Cochran 44 (35)

• McDaniel 52 (48)

Fusky

• Cochran 36 (34)

• McDaniel 64 (54)

Hays

• Cochran 65 (63)

• McDaniel 53 (46)

Herbert

• Cochran 50 (49)

• McDaniel 68 (59)

Hope

• Cochran 36 (39)

• McDaniel 29 (34)

House

• Cochran 95 (73)

• McDaniel 83 (59)

McDonald

• Cochran 79 (67)

• McDaniel 105 (83)

Neshoba

• Cochran 58 (55)

• McDaniel 68 (47)

North Bend

• Cochran 88 (68)

• McDaniel 68 (58)

Northeast Philadelphia

• Cochran 299 (216)

• McDaniel 207 (177)

Northwest Philadelphia

• Cochran 56 (41)

• McDaniel 33 (25)

Pearl River

• Cochran 61 (37)

• McDaniel 18 (17)

South Philadelphia

• Cochran 44 (30)

• McDaniel 22 (20)

Southeast Philadelphia

• Cochran 298 (250)

• McDaniel 184 (155)

Tucker District 1

• Cochran 9 (2)

• McDaniel 4 (1)

Tucker District 3

• Cochran 95 (72)

• McDaniel 97 (72)

Zephryhill

• Cochran 51 (44)

• McDaniel 48 (39)