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Taylor Bennett goes on the offensive in his swing Brookhaven district

Democratic state Rep. Taylor Bennett's victory in a special election last year in a swing Brookhaven district immediately put a target on his back.

He's staking his claim to the seat with a TV ad reminding voters of his opposition to the "religious liberty" measure that Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed and his support for a law that requires law enforcement to test rape kits that never went analyzed by authorities for DNA matches.

Bennett, a former Georgia Tech quarterback who faces Republican attorney Meagan Hanson in November, released this ad on Tuesday.

Here's a snippet:

"We've done a lot of good, and it hasn't had anything to do with party politics, which is the way it should be. We're making our community safer by testing sexual assault DNA kits, by keeping guns out of our college classrooms, and we successfully said no to discrimination, because that's not who we are as a diverse community - and because it's bad for business."

His slogan - "Better Together" - is suspiciously like a certain presidential candidate's mantra.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.