Sen. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichAlaska political mess has legislators divided over meeting place Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lobbying world MORE (D-Alaska) is drawing praise from across the aisle from one of Alaska's top Republicans.

Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems release first transcripts from impeachment probe witnesses GOP lawmaker head-butts MoveOn camera Hundreds turn out for London's first transgender equality march 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).