From the Savannah Morning News:

(Deal and Barnes) were expected to share a stage at a tourism forum Wednesday, the first meeting between the two since they won their parties’ nominations.

Instead, they’ll appear one after the other.

Moderator Sonny Dixon, an anchor with WTOC TV, said the format was changed because the Deal campaign “didn’t think it was time for a face-to-face confrontation.”

Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said that — fresh off the Aug. 10 runoff — the campaign never agreed to a debate.

He said Deal is prepared to debate Democrat Barnes “from Hiawassee to Hahira, just not today.”

That’s one way to handle the problem. The other option might be to man-up and act like an actual nominee.

Or Deal can look like a chickenshit politician.

Whatever works for ya’ll.