The Democratic primary race for U.S. Senate is ending pretty much as it began several months ago: Alexi Giannoulias appears to have a big lead in money and poll numbers but continues to be forced to field questions about how he contributed to the poor health of the bank his family owns.

What’s changed is that he’s gotten a lot better at dodging those questions and convincing other local Dems that even with his problems he’s got the smell of a winner.

Maybe he really is ready to go to Washington.