MANCHESTER, N.H.

— The Republican Governor’s Association says the decision by New Hampshire Democratic Gov. John Lynch not to seek re-election next year will give the GOP a better chance of winning the office.

Lynch announced today he would not seek re-election to the post he has held for four, two-year-terms.

The announcement ended speculation about the immediate political future of the popular 58-year-old governor and opens the way to choosing his successor. Lynch survived a GOP sweep of the state’s top offices in 2010.

Republicans have been attempting to portray Lynch as anti-job and out of step with New Hampshire voters.

RGA executive Director Phil Cox says Lynch’s decision not to seek re-election improves his party’s chances of winning the seat and “puts the Democrats further on their heels nationally in 2012.”