Jonah Goldberg of the National Review offered what he dubbed a "reality check" regarding Handel's victory over Ossoff.
In a column published Tuesday, Goldberg noted that while the win was important for the Trump administration, it "is not anywhere near the victory/mandate/endorsement the Trump team will claim it to be."
"This is a Republican district. The only reason it was close: A lot of Republicans voted for a Democrat. So, the GOP victory on the merits is pretty limited," wrote Goldberg.
"Spending enough money to scald a wet mule (to borrow a phrase from Haley Barbour) to hold on to a district that Tom Price (Trump's HHS secretary) and Newt Gingrich held is not a sign of Republican health."