Having thought some more about this post, I’m having second thoughts on my earlier conclusions.
Here’s where I’m at. If Cox makes it through the primary, and I’m of the opinion that she’s the front runner (but I grow less sure of this every day), she’ll have a great contrast to use against Sonny — good old boy versus Cathy Cox. If Taylor gets through the primary, it just becomes largish white man with little hair vs. slightly larger-ish white man with hair. Voters will need more of an excuse to dump the incumbent.
But, I just don’t know that this will get Cathy Cox extremely far in the primary. Sure, more women vote in the Democratic primary than men, but Taylor has a long list of things he has delivered or tried to deliver. Cox does too, but in a less visible position.
This thinking is still a work in progress. Feel free to chime in.