Southern gubernatorial runoffs have seen some hard-edged campaigning this cycle, and Georgia is proving no exception.
Handel's campaign tactics were the first topic of discussion in the candidates' debate on the Fox 5 Atlanta affiliate Sunday.
Handel defended her decision to call Deal a "corrupt relic of Washington, D.C."
"I stand by these ads, everything in them, [as] 100 percent accurate," she said.
She called it "disingenuous" for Deal to be "squealing" about negative campaigning.
"Facts are facts," she said. "This is a race for governor. Things are tough. Campaigns are tough. It's frankly time to put the big-boy pants on because, candidly, if you can’t handle this, how are you going to handle [Democratic nominee] Roy Barnes?"
In response, Deal said that people were "repulsed" by Handel's tactics.
The runoff vote is Aug. 10. Watch the full debate below.