In an automatic recount Republican Coleman has a 0.02% edge over Al Franken, the unfunny commedic writer. That's 2 hundredths of 1%. A third candidate who syphoned off mainly Republican votes is seen as a potential spoiler in this as yet undertermined race.
With the liberals commanding so much of the federal government as of this election cycle. The importance of the Minnesota senate race can not be overstated.