Lansing — Four of the biggest names in the race to be the Republican nominee for Michigan governor plan to submit their petition signatures before the 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline.

The campaigns of former Detroit police Chief James Craig, conservative commentator Tudor Dixon as well as Metro Detroit businessmen Perry Johnson and Kevin Rinke all said they have enough signatures to make the August primary ballot and will turn them in before the deadline.

Republican and Democratic candidates for governor must collect at least 15,000 valid signatures, but no more than 30,000, to qualify for the ballot.

Dixon’s campaign said it has gathered close to the maximum amount: about 29,700 signatures. Dixon of Norton Shores has been endorsed by state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and U.S. Reps. Bill Huizenga of Zeeland and Lisa McClain of Bruce Township.

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