Meadows says 'too early to tell' if special House election should be held in North Carolina

North Carolina Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsOvernight Health Care: Trump vows to veto bills expanding abortion rights | Abortion foes march into divided Washington | Medicaid work requirements approved in Arizona Abortion foes march into divided Washington McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader MORE (R) said in an interview that aired Friday on "Rising" that it is too early to suggest that there should be a special election in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. 

"I think it's too early to tell whether there should be a special election," Meadows told Hill.TV's Molly Hooper on Thursday.

"There are probably things that go on in every election that don't affect the outcome. For example, somebody voting in a wrong precinct," he continued. 

"If there is fraud that has gone on that has affected the outcome of the election, then certainly a new election would be appropriate. That being said, it's way too early to suggest that," he said. 

Controversy has rocked the House race after multiple voters came forward with sworn statements saying their absentee ballots were hand-collected by canvassers, which is not allowed in North Carolina. 

Mark HarrisMark HarrisNunes's 2018 Dem challenger launches voting rights group NC election board investigated GOP operative at center of fraud probe as far back as 2010: report Republican in controversial NC race sets off fire alarm trying to evade reporters MORE, the Republican candidate in the race, leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes, but the results have not been certified. 

The state board of elections cited "irregularities" and is set to hold an evidentiary hearing on Dec. 21.

Various top Republicans including President TrumpDonald John TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity MORE have declined to comment on the issue. 

The Washington Post reported that Sens. Marco Rubio (Fl.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) all declined to comment on the issue because they said they were not informed enough. 

However, Democrats have voiced their concerns about the election, with some calling for a do-over. 

Incoming majority whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) called for the election to be redone, "all the way back to the primary.”

— Julia Manchester