DeVos Officially in Race

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos kicked off the second day of his Lower Peninsula bus tour with stops in Battle Creek and Charlotte before traveling to Lansing, where he turned in the signatures needed to get on the November ballot.

The Ada businessman and his wife, Betsy, each carried in a box of signed petitions to add to the stack of 10 that they and campaign staffers delivered to the secretary of state's office. DeVos needed 15,000 signatures to get on the ballot and turned in 33,180.

"We have what we need and then we have a little insurance," DeVos told reporters.

Neither he nor Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm is expected to have opponents in the Aug. 8 primary election.

Ingham County Republican Chairman Norm Shinkle was among those joining DeVos on the bus from Charlotte to Lansing. He was able to snag DeVos for a cell phone conversation with a candidate Shinkle hopes to persuade to run for the Ingham County commission.

Earlier in the day, DeVos served breakfast to around 140 party officials and supporters at a fundraiser in Battle Creek. He was up at 5 a.m. to talk to several radio show hosts as part of a busy schedule campaign spokesman John Truscott expects DeVos to keep this week as he travels around the state.

"John has concluded this week that sleep is optional," DeVos joked.

The GOP candidate had to switch campaign buses after the bus he was on Monday leaked diesel fumes into the bus. Tuesday's replacement bus had DeVos signs in the windows, but wasn't expected to get new "Get It Done" signs to go on the sides of the bus until later in the afternoon.

Other Tuesday stops on the "Get it Done" bus tour were to take place in DeWitt, Lapeer and Port Huron. The Ada businessman wraps up the tour Friday with a rally in Grand Rapids.

Much of the five-day trip is a continuation of campaigning DeVos has done so far, speaking to GOP groups and stopping at friendly businesses. Few of the events are public events.

The bus tour is running at the same time DeVos is airing his fifth TV ad. The DeVos campaign has spent around $3 million on a statewide ad blitz that began in mid-February.