The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee in a Capital Tonight interview on Thursday acknowledged the race for the 19th congressional district in the Hudson Valley will be a competitive race given the open seat and the name recognition Democrat Zephyr Teachout garners.

Still, Rep. Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican, was confident former Assemblyman John Faso will ultimately prevail, pointing to the weight the endorsement of outgoing Rep. Chris Gibson brings to the table.

“Let’s face it: Zephyr Teachout is pretty slick. She’s Manhattan slick,” Walden said in the interview. “I don’t think it’s going to sell in the end. People know what they have in Chris Gibson, people can trust Chris Gibson and Chris Gibson supports John Faso.”

A Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll last month showed Teachout and Faso in a neck-and-neck race — with the former lawmaker leading the Fordham Law School professor by a percentage point.

The NRCC has committed $1.7 million in spending the district and related super PACs have been spending as well on TV ads.

“We know this is a fight,” Walden said. “Anytime you have an open seat that presents new challenges and I have great confidence in John and the work he’s doing.”

The Hudson Valley congressional district has been a battleground in the past, and Gibson’s retirement makes it a challenge for Republicans to hold in a presidential election year. Gibson faced a well-funded challenge from Democrat Sean Eldridge in 2014, but ultimately prevailed by a comfortable margin.

“We know it’s going to be a competitive race,” Walden said. “We thought it would be more competitive last time than it turned out to be, but we feel like we’re in a good place and have a path to victory.”