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Bill McBride, 67; lost to Jeb Bush in Florida

BILL McBRIDE

S. Martin/Associated Press/2002

BILL McBRIDE

MIAMI — Bill McBride, the Florida Democrat who defeated Janet Reno for the party’s ­gubernatorial nomination in 2002 but lost to the incumbent governor, Republican Jeb Bush, has died at the age of 67.

His wife, Alex Sink, said Sunday that Mr. McBride suffered a fatal heart attack Saturday while visiting with family in Mount Airy, N.C. The couple lived outside of Tampa.

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Mr. McBride defeated Reno in the Democratic primary to run against Bush.

Before entering politics, he was managing partner at the Holland & Knight law firm.

Sink said Mr. McBride’s true legacy was as a longtime civil rights champion.

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