Sen. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichAlaska congressional candidate has never visited the state: AP Former Alaska senator jumps into governor race Overnight Energy: Trump directs Perry to stop coal plant closures | EPA spent ,560 on customized pens | EPA viewed postcard to Pruitt as a threat MORE (D-Alaska) is drawing praise from across the aisle from one of Alaska's top Republicans.

Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungAlaska congressional candidate has never visited the state: AP Overnight Energy: New EPA head looks to reassure staff | New round of ex-Pruitt staffers leave | House votes to overhaul fisheries law | Trump rips Germany for pipeline deal with Russia House votes to overhaul fishery management law MORE (R), the state's lone congressman, praised the work Begich has done as senator.

"Mark's done a great job of, very frankly, representing people. He's not always on my page, that's for sure, but he's done a good job," Young told The Hill on Wednesday.

Young, the longest-serving House Republican, said he expected Begich to face a tough race, however, due to some of his votes for Democratic priorities.

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"His big challenge is some of the votes he made are not popular in the state of Alaska and, very frankly, it's a serious red state," he said. "He's done a good job in six years, but, very frankly, it's going to be hard for him."

Begich is a top GOP target in the heavily Republican state.

A trio of Republicans are vying for the nomination to run against him: Former Alaska Department of Natural Resources Dan Sullivan (R), Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) and Tea Party favorite and 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller (R).