The success of the Trump campaign's effort is partly attributable to his aggressive courting of state GOP leaders. Trump's success in changing the rules ahead of 2024 marks a complete reversal from his first presidential campaign, he added. "The Trump campaign in 2016 was five guys on a pirate ship who did not have the organization to go out and really work the rules." Mitt Romney had effectively clinched the party nomination, Paul's backers worked arcane party rules to take over GOP delegations across the nation. While DeSantis backers say they are not behind the insurgent effort to overturn the new delegate-allocation plan, they are angry about the former president’s meddling in state party rules.