(NECN) - N.H. Gov. John Lynch says he will not seek re-election after four consecutive two-year terms as the state's highest executive.
Lynch, a Democrat, made this announcement months ahead of New Hampshire's filing deadline in June.
The popular governor survived a GOP sweep of the state's election-based offices in 2010.
Republicans portray him as anti-job and out of sync with what New Hampshire voters want, pointing to his veto of legislation that kept unions from collecting a share of costs from non-union members, and legislation that imposed abortion limits on minors.