Washington (CNN) - Money talked in the Massachusetts special election last week that reshaped the U.S. political landscape by filling Ted Kennedy's Senate seat with a Republican.
Democratic pollster Celinda Lake revealed Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate, ran no polls for several weeks in the short campaign because she lacked funding.
According to Lake, Coakley, the Massachusetts attorney general, asked national Democratic organizations for funding for her campaign but was turned down. Lake said Democratic officials told Coakley, "You don't need it."
By contrast, Brown ran daily field polling from Dec. 31, said Republican pollster Neil Newhouse. Brown's campaign received strong backing from conservative groups and national Republicans.
The revelation added to a widespread perception that Democrats believed Coakley would easily win the race for the Senate seat held for almost 47 years by Kennedy, a liberal Democrat, until his death last August.
In addition, no Republican had won a Senate election in Massachusetts since 1972.
Coakley won the Democratic primary vote on Dec. 8, and Lake said her campaign had no polling from a baseline result in December that showed her well ahead until mid-January - shortly before the Jan. 19 special election.
By then, Republican Scott Brown had overcome Coakley's lead and eventually defeated Coakley by a 52-47 percent margin in the special election.
Brown's election denied Democrats their 60-seat Senate super-majority necessary to overcome a filibuster, imperiling President Barack Obama's top domestic initiatives including health care reform.
–CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this story.