Deputy Majority Whip Tom Cole (R-Okla.) on Tuesday cast doubt on the notion that voter fraud would have any meaningful impact on the outcome of the presidential race in November.


"[Voter fraud] doesn't occur on a scale vast enough to change the outcome of the presidential election. So this system broadly renders the opinion of the American people. It's done so consistently for literally hundreds of years -- I think it will do it again in three weeks," Cole, a former state secretary of State told CNN on Tuesday.

Cole was responding to GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE's claims that the election is being rigged and stolen from him, which have dominated headlines for days.

After he was asked about Trump's latest criticism of the "rigged" election process, Cole said there is no reason to believe that anyone will manipulate the general election. 

"Obviously Mr. Trump was very successful in Republican primaries, nobody tried to manipulate the results there. I think the same thing will be true in the general election," he said.

"I do not know a single secretary of State in the United States, Republican or Democrat, that does not do everything possible to make sure the election is open, fair and transparent," Cole added.

In recent days Trump has doubled down on his suspicion that the election and the polls are rigged in favor of the Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSaagar Enjeti: Tuesday's Democratic debate already 'rigged' against Gabbard, Sanders Ilhan Omar raises .1 million in third quarter Bloomberg rethinking running for president: report MORE and the political establishment. 

"Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!" The GOP nominee tweeted Monday.

The Hill contacted the offices of all 54 Republican senators and asked them if they think the election is rigged. While most did not respond, those that did offered little support for the GOP nominee’s claim.