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Businessman Rinke launches campaign for Michigan governor

Rinke is prepared to spend millions of his own money in the 2022 GOP primary.
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FILE - This Dec. 12, 2012, file photo shows the state capitol building in Lansing, Mich. Michigan's tax revenues this fiscal year will plummet between $3.1 billion and $3.6 billion below prior estimates due to the coronavirus pandemic, economists said Thursday, May 14, 2020, and are projected to fall billions of dollars short in the next budget year, too. The numbers were released ahead of a Friday meeting at which nonpartisan legislative experts and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration will try to get a handle on the budget outlook two months after the crisis hit the state. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

LANSING, Mich. — Republican Kevin Rinke, a former owner of Detroit-area car dealerships, has launched his campaign for Michigan governor with TV and digital ads touting himself as a conservative outsider and criticizing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. 

Rinke is prepared to spend millions of his own money in the 2022 GOP primary. The winner will face the first-term Democratic governor. He led Rinke Automotive Group, which was founded by his family. 

He later helmed a traumatic brain injury center, a health care company and became a private investor.

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