How Jon Ossoff became the insurgent candidate in Georgia's special election

Ossoff hoped to flip the congressional seat formerly held by Tom Price.

— -- A special election in Georgia's sixth congressional district to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price saw Republican Republican Karen Handel fend off a spirited challenge by Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday night. The highly scrutinized race saw national attention focus on the northern suburbs of Atlanta, and was viewed by many as a bellwether for the Trump presidency.

Ossoff and Handel emerged from a crowded field of 18 primary candidates in April, after Ossoff fell just shy of the 50 percent of the vote needed to capture the vacant seat. Handel garnered over 19 percent of the vote, beating out 10 other Republican candidates.

Ossoff, 30, was a first-time office seeker who was raised in the district just north of Georgia's largest city, but faced criticism for currently living outside the area he hoped to represent -- a situation he claimed was temporary. He holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a master's from the London School of Economics.

Trump, who didn't endorse a particular Republican candidate during the primary, tweeted in April, "Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia. Great job Karen Handel! It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th."