(CNN) - Embattled Republican nominee Dan Maes has decided to stay in the Colorado governor's race, despite increased pressure for him to drop out.
Maes released a statement Friday evening saying that he "[C]annot turn my back on the 200,000 voters who nominated me to run for this office."
Earlier Friday, Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck called on Maes to quit his bid for governor, the latest in a string of Colorado Republicans calling on the Tea Party favorite to step down before he is officially certified as the party's nominee.
Read the full statement after the jump.
"After speaking with, and hearing from, numerous Coloradans – from former Senators to family farmers – I've determined that I cannot turn my back on the 200,000 voters who nominated me to run for this office," said Maes. "During this time of deliberation, I listened equally to those who wanted me in this race and those who did not, and after internalizing that advice, I'm proud to say I'm in it to win it.
"To those who have withdrawn their support for my campaign, I am confident that the truth will be revealed. I hope you'll hear my side of the story and help our party regroup and unite to beat the Democrats. And for those who continue to stand strong by my side, people like Wayne Allard, Kent Lambert, Paul Tauer, and Dave Schultheis, thank you for honoring this endeavor with your trust and your confidence.
"And finally, to the citizens of this state, don't believe everything you read. This campaign found success through hard work, palm-pressing, and shoe leather, and that's how I plan to engage voters over the next two months and claim victory on November 2nd."
-CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.