New Hampshire has two-year terms for governor, so Lynch was up for a fifth term in 2012; but he's decided not to run. Apparently being Governor of New Hampshire isn't as much fun when the new, Republican-controlled legislature makes you spend less money to balance the budget and won't let you trample all over a basic civil right* like self-defense (via @Lash3). There's also right-to-work reform looming, so really, eight years is enough, right?
The field was already pretty wide-open, by the way - despite the fact that Lynch was supposedly popular. Then again, that's such a subjective thing these days. Particularly if you're a Democrat with President Obama threatening to drag down your ticket next year. Not that I'm suggesting that this is the case in New Hampshire, of course.
Moe Lane (crosspost)