Late last week, leaders of the state Republican executive committee met with Maes to try to convince him to drop out of the race. Just to be clear, yes, leaders of the formal Republican Party are begging their own gubernatorial nominee to drop out. Maes, who saw no love from the party establishment prior to the primary, now sees no need to acquiesce to their wishes, so he's staying in.
I find this all pretty astounding. I can't recall a similar instance of a party's leaders trying to undermine their nominee for a top-ballot race.