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Georgia governor's vetoes on guns, faith bucked his GOP base

When Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently vetoed bills allowing guns on college campuses and shielding religious people who deny people services based on their faith, he was directly bucking his fellow Republican lawmakers, who overwhelmingly supported the proposals, and possibly losing points with his conservative political base.

Why would he do such a thing?

The answer may lie at least partly in term limits and corporate persuasion, observers say.

Deal never needs to win over the Republican base again. Georgia's Constitution limits governors to two consecutive terms, and Deal, 73, plans to retire at the end of his second and final term.

Charles Bullock, a...