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.
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.